Friday, March 12, 2010

The Tampere Film Festival 40th Anniversary Reception

The Old City Hall, Tampere, 12 March 2009.

The Old City Hall, beautifully restored, has also such an art collection, from the 18th century to the present day, including a portrait of the King of Sweden Gustav III who founded the city of Tampere in 1779, and masterworks by Edelfelt, Munsterhjelm, Schjerfbeck, and Kaivanto, that it amounts to an art gallery.

It was great to meet all the four directors of the Festival, Ilkka Kalliomäki, Pertti Paltila, Antti Vuorio, and Jukka-Pekka Laakso, all together. Magnificent programming since 1969 with both new and classic films, still going strong. Myself, I started following the Tampere Film Festival programming in 1971, when there was a remarkable selection also screened at the Dipoli in Otaniemi, Espoo, and I have been an irregular friend of the Festival since.

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