June 13th Opening day started off with northern images and sounds of space

The 33rd edition of The Midnight Sun Film Festival started this Wednesday. Festival goers bravely lined up for tickets despite the somewhat cool weather.

The festival took a running start in the morning with The Eternal Youth of Cinema matinee. French cinema pedagogist Nathalie Bourgeois took the audience on a journey through visual storytelling and the history of cinema via legendary film scenes and film excerpts from films made by school children.

Wednesday afternoon’s screening of indigenous people’s short films was arranged in co-operation with Inari’s Skábmagovat film festival. The films tackled with people’s relationship with culture, land, roots and identity. In addition to Sápmi films, the screening also offered stories from North America and Greenland.

The tremendously popular opening screening of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s A Season in France led the audience on a journey through the emotional tempests of refugees.

This year’s first accompanied film screening took place already on the opening day. Erik Blomberg’s much loved classic The White Reindeer was screened at the Big Tent accompanied by the 40 person strong Ruamjai choir.

Olaf Möller, one of the leading lights of The Midnight Sun Film Festival, premiered his Master Class series of football films at the School in the early evening. The audience got to experience the hilarious British murder mystery The Arsenal Stadium Mystery from 1939.

Mikko Mäkelä’s new Finnish Film A Moment In The Reeds got its Finnish premiere at the Big Tent on Wednesday night, while the Small Tent screened Katharina Wyss’ new Swiss film Sarah Plays A Werewolf, which afterwards inspired a lively discussion between audience and director.

Sound is one the main themes of this year’s festival, and it was introduced with a mindblowing post-midnight Big Tent screening of the Academy Award winning sci-fi spectacle Arrival.