Wednesday, August 25, 9:30am - 11:00am (EDT)
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Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen charmed Karlovy Vary for the first time five years ago with his biopic feature debut The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes 2016. His current film Compartment No. 6 (screened here in the Horizons section) has shined even brighter, winning this year's Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury's Special Mention. This unusual romantic comedy about two seemingly divergent personalities, a young Finnish intellectual and a Russian miner sharing a compartment in a train going to Murmansk, is based on the eponymous bestseller by Rosa Liksom and explores the topics of identity and accepting others as well as ourselves. Join us, the director and his female lead Seidi Haarla, Finnish actress and one of this year's Berlinale EFP Shooting Stars for a talk about authenticity and the quirks of filming in an actual moving train.
Hosted by Marta Balaga, journalist covering KVIFF for Cineuropa and Variety magazine.
Press Conference Hall, Hotel Thermal
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