The spring 2017 edition of Night Visions International Film Festival, the biggest genre film festival in the Nordic region, wrapped up on the morning of Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland to record-breaking numbers. The screenings of a total of 31 feature films and six shorts plus various other events of the festival catered to an audience of over 5 000 people during the five festival days.
The most popular new feature in the Official Selection of the festival was Julia Ducournau\’s directorial debut Raw (Grave, France/Belgium 2016).
In the documentary section, the audience favourite was Alexandre O. Philippe\’s Sundance hit 78/52 (USA 2017), analyzing the form and impact of the shower murder scene in Alfred Hitchcock\’s Psycho (1960). All screenings of 78/52 in Helsinki were presented by director Philippe in person, including the rare treat of a double bill of 78/52 and Hitchcock\’s Psycho projected from a vintage Finnish 35mm print.
In the classics selection, the biggest hit was Tommy Wiseau\’s cult treat The Room (USA 2003), which sold out both of its festival screenings. Other standout hits in the vintage selection included Gary Sherman\’s Death Line (UK 1972), Dead & Buried (USA 1981) and Vice Squad (USA 1982), all of which were now seen for the first time ever in Finland on the big screen in their uncut form. All screenings of Sherman\’s films were attended by the film-maker legend himself.
Night Visions International Film Festival will be back on the silver screens in Helsinki in October-November 2017. The dates of the fall edition will be announced soon.