Monday, August 25, 2014

Best in Helsinki, Part 2: Orion

Last Sunday the movie theatre closest to our home, Orion, started their fall programme with hand colored silent films by Georges Méliès accompanied by live music. The singer-songwriter Aino Venna's band played a selection of their own songs in unison with the old films. On the slightly tinted silver screen there were belle epoque era girls, fake noses and brilliant trick effects that created Méliès' fantasy worlds. The most successful part of the movie afternoon was of course the oldest science fiction movie A Trip to the Moon (1902) and I really enjoyed Aino Venna's music timed together with the film.

The National Audiovisual Institute's cinema is an original art deco theatre from 1927. It is even possible to rent it for private screenings. During the fall they'll show a selection of teen movies from the 90's and a celebration collection for the 100th birthday of Finnish animation.

For me, the autumn has traditionally been for movies. The Helsinki International Film Festival, Love & Anarchy or R&A is one of my favourite annual events. A selection of independent film productions and bigger movies will fill up the theatres. Among our friends it is a custom habit of scheduling even three or four movies per night during weekends and day offs! 

The full programme will be released on September 5th and the festival will hold it's place on 18.-28.9.2014!