The 30th Blue Sea Film Festival will once again offer quality films and gather the brightest stars of the film industry in Rauma from 17-20 August 2023.
The programme includes films from the theme country Germany, films from every Nordic country, Finnish new releases with guests, Baltic Herring feature films, 16mm and 35mm screenings, a silent screening by the Rauma Jazz Film Orchestra, discussion sessions and a wide range of evening events.When the Blue Sea Film Festival became part of the Finnish film scene 30 years ago, could anyone have imagined that it would become one of the long-running success stories of the Finnish film scene, attracting visitors from the stars of the film scene to festival-goers year after year. The 30th anniversary screening of Erkki Karu’s silent comedy Nummisuutarit (1923) will be accompanied by the renowned Rauma Jazz Film Orchestra. The programme includes 15 domestic feature films, five documentaries and two children’s films. The programme includes Helander’s Sisu, Härön’s My beloved sea captain, Saarela’s Guardian of the Water, Tola’s Järjettömän paska idea, Valkeapää’s Hetki lyö, Laitinen’s Hyvä veli, Salmenperän’s Kupla, Paavilainen’s Kikka!, Anna Eriksson’s W and others. The documents include Mika Kaurismäki’s Hassinen kone 40 years later and Hassinen kone: Ratina’s concert. For children: Taavi Vartia’s Pertsa and Kilu – Pharaoh’s Ring and Maria Sid’s Risto Räppääjä and the Wild Machine. Aki Kaurismäki’s Ariel turns 35 this year and the film will be shown as a 35 mm film print in an outdoor screening.
The Baltic Herring short film competition traditionally also brings to Rauma a high quality short film culture that is otherwise not very accessible in the area.
The festival will also feature a variety of reminiscence of past celebrations.A history of the festival is also being written. In a similar way, the 30-year journey will also be presented in the form of an exhibition.