Gloria, a critically acclaimed film by the Chile-born director Sebastían Lelio, is brought to Sodankylä by a new kind of co-operation project. The film has attracted praise throughout the year 2013. At Berlinale, Paulina García’s performance as the 58 year-old divorcee looking for romance brought Gloria the Silver Bear for the Best Actress. The film has been commended not only for its dramatic and comedical qualities but also for its score.
Gloria is brought to Finland in co-operation with the distribution company, Atlantic Film Finland. The Finnish premiere of the film was held at Season Film Festival at the end of March. Later in the summer, the film will be screened by the National Audiovisual Institute (at the Orion cinema in Helsinki, at July 15th, 24th and 30th and August 8th). In the fall season, Gloria may also be seen in cinema club screenings.
The atmosphere of the Midnight Sun Film Festival is one of the most unique in the whole world: the most famous film directors of the world, young directors, the international audience and the inhabitants of Sodankylä meet under the midnight sun in the relaxed and informal "spirit of Sodankylä". This festival is meant for people who truly love the art of cinema, there are no formalities or fancy cocktail parties, one doesn't have to be afraid of getting lost in the jungle of bureaucracy.
Films are screened in four venues for 24 hours a day, and the actual time is easily forgotten: the sun shines as brightly at 4 a.m. as at 4 p.m.
In 2014, the festival will be held from 11th to 15th of June. The first details about the programme will be announced on April 23rd.