The new decade’s first edition of Scandinavia’s biggest genre film festival Night Visions is taking Helsinki by storm this August. The New (Ab)Normal edition of the festival will take place in the Finnish capital from August 19 to August 22, 2020. Provided that the pandemic situation remains under control in the Northeast corner of the Nordic region, the festival will be hosting all its screenings at real cinemas. The event won’t be featuring any virtual or hybrid elements.
This August’s final selection includes a total of 23 features and six short films. These will be showcased in 42 screenings on four separate screens in the Helsinki downtown area. All new titles in the Official Selection are now presented on the big screen in Finland for the first time.
The festival opens on August 19 with Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz’s acclaimed chiller The Lodge (UK-Canada-USA 2019), which amazingly enough has not reached the Finnish shores until now. Other horror highlights in the selection include this year’s biggest North American drive-in sensation The Wretched (USA 2019) by The Pierce Brothers, Juan Diego Escobar Alzate’s gorgeous folk horror Luz: The Flower of Evil (Columbia 2019), The Soska Sisters’ reimagining of the David Cronenberg classic Rabid (Canada 2019), and this year’s most talked about anthology Scare Package (USA 2019).
The most anticipated features coming from the Nordic region include the fabulously genre-bending Mortal (Norway-USA 2020) by Scandinavia’s hottest genre filmmaking export Andre Ovredal (Trollhunter, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), Pål “Villmark Asylum” Oie’s disaster movie sensation The Tunnel (Norway 2019), and Klovn the Final (2020), the third installment in the no holds barred hit comedy series from Denmark.
Asian highlights in the selection include Lee Won-tae’s South Korean crime actioner The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019) which started conquering the world from the Midnight section of Cannes International Film Festival, and Macoto Tezuka’s mesmerizing adaptation of his legendary father Osamu’s manga in Tezuka’s Barbara (Japan 2019), featuring stunningly stylish cinematography by the one and only Christopher Doyle.
In its documentary section, the festival is extremely proud to host world’s first theatrical screenings of Clapboard Jungle (Canada 2020), Justin McConnell’s in-depth look at the harsh reality of today’s (pre-pandemic) independent filmmaking. Another highlight in the section emerges from Spain’s Ivan Castell, whose The Rise of the Synths (Spain-USA 2019) digs deep into the global synthwave phenomenon and features narration by John Carpenter.
One of the most talked about features in the classics offering also relates to the documentary section, in which Jeffrey McHale’s You Don’t Nomi (1999) is presented as a double bill with its subject, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls (1995). The latter will now be screened for the first time ever in Finland in its brilliant 4k form. The icing of the cake on the classics front is the Finnish premiere of Stewart Raffill’s Tammy and the T-Rex – The Gore Cut (USA 1994), wrapping up this edition of the festival in the late night hours of Saturday, August 22.
Full lineup and the screening schedule of the August 2020 edition of Night Visions IFF is now up on the festival’s website. Tickets to all screenings are also available online at the website starting July 31, 2020.