Midnight Sun Film Festival

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Festival visitor queue 2005

The Midnight Sun Film Festival ( Finnish Sodankylän elokuvajuhlat ) takes place in Sodankylä 120 km north of the Arctic Circle , where the sun never sets during the summer. The films are shown around the clock for five days in mid-June, which, together with the midnight sun, creates a unique atmosphere.

The film festival was founded in 1986 by Aki and Mika Kaurismäki . It has three main focuses: retrospectives by well-known film directors, current films and silent films with live music. The festival has 15,000 to 20,000 visitors at a time, including 150 to 200 journalists.

See also


  • Kenneth Turan: Sundance to Sarajevo. Film festivals and the world they made . University of California Press, Berkeley 2002, ISBN 0-585-46625-4 , chap. Midnight Sun , S. 109-124 .

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