The New (Ab)Normal edition of Helsinki’s Night Visions International Film Festival wrapped up on the early morning hours of Sunday, August 23, 2020. 42 festival screenings, two preview screenings and the synthwave themed official festival party Club (Ab)Normal ended up catering to an audience of over 3 000 people.
This translates to a new audience record, taking into account that the total number of titles and the total number of screenings was scaled down substantially from the earlier plans made during the old normal. Additionally, it needs to be noted that capacities of all festival venues were reduced to under 50 per cent of the total number of seats, in order to meet the social distancing measures of the new (ab)normal and to maximize the safety of our precious audience.
The festival’s opening film The Lodge (UK – Canada – USA 2019) by the Austrian director duo Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz was the most popular fictional feature in the Official Selection of the festival. On the classics front, the Finnish premiere of the 4k version of Paul Verhoeven’s notorious Showgirls (France – USA 1995) catered to the largest festival audience. The most popular documentary feature in the selection was The Rise of the Synths (Spain – USA 2019), Iván Castell’s thorough look at the musical phenomenon known as synthwave.
Scandinavia’s biggest festival focusing on – but not limited to – fantasy, horror, science fiction and action cinema will be back on the big screens of Helsinki in just three months. The festival organization is currently planning to arrange the Maximum Halloween 3020 edition of Night Visions according to the normal annual schedule, the exact dates being from November 25 to November 29, 2020.