Lee Cronin comes to Night Visions with his first feature The Hole in the Ground, featuring the among other things the first ever horror film role of the legendary Finnish actress Kati Outinen. Cronin grew up in a seaside village. He considered being a fisherman, a clown, and a ghostbuster. He realised storytelling ticked all three boxes. His film Ghost Train won the Méliès d’Argent for Best European Fantastic Short at the Molins de Rei Film Festival in Spain. He also wrote and directed the shorts Billy & Chuck and Through the Night. His feature debut The Hole in the Ground premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2019 before it’s global release.
The Hole in the Ground screening at Night Visions:
Saturday, April 13 at 6.45pm (venue: Bio Rex)
Matthew Dunehoo arrives to Helsinki to celebrate the world premiere of his first feature, the occultist self help horror Wretch. Dunehoo grew up in Kansas City, Missouri playing in touring bands and releasing records through the late 90’s/mid-2000’s. After moving to NYC in 2007, he got back into acting, training at HB Studios, eventually getting representation for commercial and legit acting. He had three one-act plays produced in 2012 with an independent theater company and upon moving back to KC in 2013 he founded Elk’s Pride Pictures to produce original narrative films. He has made five short films to date.
Wretch screenings at Night Visions:
Thursday, April 11 at 9.15pm (venue: Basso-sali [Dubrovnik])
Friday, April 12 at 7.00pm (venue: Korjaamo Elokuvasali)
Night between Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at 02.45am (venue: Basso-sali [Dubrovnik])
Neil Edwards comes to Night Visions with his first feature length documentary Sympathy for the Devil, an in-depth look at the infamous 60s/70s cult The Process Church of Final Judgement, now getting its Scandinavian premiere in the official selection of the festival. Born in Birmingham, England in 1969, Edwards is a Royal Television Society and Broadcast Award winning programme-maker responsible for several successful, long-running UK television formats and hit international documentary series. This is his first feature-length documentary. He has produced, directed, filmed, edited and scored the project himself.
Sympathy for the Devil screenings at Night Visions:
Wednesday, April 10 at 9.00pm (venue: Andorra Cinema)
Friday, April 12 at 6.45pm (venue: Basso-sali [Dubrovnik])
Fredrik Hiller (b. 1970, Stockholm, Sweden) comes to Night Visions with the sci-fi horror Operation Ragnarök, his sophomore feature as a director. A graduate of Malmö Theatre Academy, Hiller has built himself an extensive career as an actor on film, television and stage. In addition to the genre entry Psalm 21 (2010), his first feature as a director, has has also worked as a director on numerous stage plays.
Operation Ragnarök screenings at Night Visions:
Thursday, April 11 at 7.00pm (venue: Korjaamo Elokuvasali)
Night between Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at 00.45am (venue: Basso-sali [Dubrovnik])
The emerging actress superstar Felice Jankell (b. 1992) comes to Helsinki to present the psychedelic horror feature Black Cirle, in which she plays the female lead. The latest feature of the Latin American genre legend Adrian Garcia Bogliano also features the long-awaited comeback role of the Swedish cult film icon Christina Lindberg.
Jankell’s career in feature films started already in 2005 with the kids’ adventure Percy, Buffalo Bill and I. The major breakthrough happened in 2014 with her lead roles in the features From the Depths of My Heart (dir. Magnus Hedberg) and Young Sophie Bell (dir. Amanda Adolffson). For the latter, she was recognized with a Best Actress nomination in the Guldbagge awards, Sweden’s equivalent to the Oscars. Since then, she has also expanded her spectrum towards international productions. The most recent example of this is the prison camp drama Sobibor (2018, dir. Konstantin Khabenskly) which was selected as Russia’s candidate for a nomination in the Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar race in 2018.
Black Circle screenings at Night Visions:
Friday, April 12 at 5.00pm (venue: Andorra Cinema)
Saturday, April 13 at 4.30pm (venue: Korjaamo Elokuvasali)
Robert D. Krzykowski arrives to Helsinki with his feature length directorial debut The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot. Krzykowski is a filmmaker and comic book artist living in Massachusetts. He created the cult comic Elsie Hooper while studying journalism and working for the student newspaper at the University of Massachusetts. His film background includes live-action puppetry, animation, high speed cloud tank photography, and a focus on classic effects techniques. He acted as a producer on the films The Woman (Night Visions Audience Award winner 2012) and Carolina Low. ‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot’ is his directorial feature film debut in collaboration with mentors John Sayles, Douglas Trumbull, and Lucky McKee.
The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot screenings at Night Visions:
Thursday, April 11 at 9.15pm (venue: Korjaamo Kulmasali)
Friday, April 12 at 4.45pm (venue: Korjaamo Elokuvasali)
Saturday, April 13 at 6.30pm (venue: Basso-sali [Dubrovnik])
Noy Levin (1990, Israel) comes to Helsinki to celebrate the world premiere of her latest short film Igor the Vegan Vampire, codirected with Ori Halevy. Levin grew up in Israel and studied cinema in The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television in Tel Aviv University. During her studies, she made short films and web series which were screened on different TV shows, News sites, and film festivals. Nowadays she is also directing theater.
Since 2017 Ori Halevy and Levin have been creating comedic and absurd short films together. Igor the Vegan Vampire is their 4th film.
Igor the Vegan Vampire screenings at Night Visions:
Wednesday, April 10 at 9.00pm, playing alongside the feature I Am Toxic (venue: Basso-sali [Dubrovnik])
Thursday, April 11 at 9.15pm, playing alongside the feature Fright Night: Part II (venue: Andorra Cinema)
Johannes Nyholm (b. 1974, Umeå, Sweden) comes to Helsinki to present his second feature as a director, the Sundance 2019 sensation Koko-di Koko-da to the Night Visions audience. Nyholm is a director, producer, screenwriter and animator. He was educated in film, art, new media and animation, and manages his own production company. Nyholm first gained recognition for his animated film series, The Tale of Little Puppetboy (2008), which has been shown internationally at festivals and galleries. His short film, Las Palmas (2011), gained worldwide fame with its trailer alone. He debuted as a feature filmmaker with The Giant in 2016. With a background in classic animation, Nyholm often mixes different styles and cinematic universes.
Koko-di Koko-da screenings at Night Visions:
Friday, April 12 at 9.00pm (venue: Korjaamo Elokuvasali)
Saturday, April 13 at 8.45pm (venue: Andorra Cinema)
Julian Richards (b. 1965, Newport, Wales) arrives to Helsinki with two of his latest features as a director. Shot in Tbilisi, Georgia, Daddy’s Girl is an edgy take on modern horror film packed with wild feminine energy. Reborn, shot on location in Los Angeles, is an updated take on psychokinetics and the Stephen King classics Firestarter and Carrie. Richards has built himself a solid career as a director of low to mid-budget genre fare. His most acclaimed directorial efforts up until now include his directorial debut Darklands (1996) and the serial killer thriller The Last Horror Movie (2003). While not directing genre features, Richards runs his own company Jinga Films, focusing on international sales of genre films from all over the world.
Julian Richards’ films screening at Night Visions:
Wednesday, April 10 at 7.00pm (venue: Korjaamo Kulmasali)
Saturday, April 13 at 6.45pm (venue: Korjaamo Elokuvasali)
Saturday, April 13 at 11.00pm (venue: Basso-sali [Dubrovnik])
Aleksey Sidorov (b. 1968, Severodvinsk, Soviet Union) comes to Helsinki to present his third feature as a director, the action packed World War II adventure T-34. Also billed as “Fast & Furious on tanks”, T-34 reached a genuine blockbuster status on its home turf in early 2019, becoming the second biggest domestic release ever in the Russian cinemas since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Sidorov has worked as a director, screenwriter and producer on several films and television productions in Russia. Up until T-34, his best known work is his directorial debut Shadowboxing (Boy s tenyu, 2005), an action packed drama set in the world of boxing.
T-34 screenings at Night Visions:
Thursday, April 11 at 4.30pm (venue: Andorra Cinema)
Friday, April 12 at 9.15pm (venue: Korjaamo Kulmasali)