World Film Locations: Helsinki (Book)

Part of Intellect’s World Film Locations series, World Film Locations: Helsinki explores the relationship between the city, cinema, and Finnish cultural history. Cinematic representations of Helsinki range from depictions of a northern periphery to a space of cosmopolitanism, from a touristic destination to a substitute for Moscow and St. Petersburg during the Cold War. The city also looks different depending on one’s perspective, and World Film Locations: Helsinki illustrates this complexity by providing a visual collection of cinematic views of Helsinki.

This cinematic city is a collective work where individual pieces construct a whole, and one which we, as viewers, then shape according to our perspectives. The contributors emphasize the role of the city in identity and cultural politics throughout Finnish film history and its central role as the locus for negotiating Finland’s globalization.

Category: Film Studies


The creation of World Film Locations Helsinki draws inspiration from the pathbreaking efforts of Peter von Bagh, Minna Santakari and Outi Heiskanen whose work with the cinematic city has et the bar high for future explorations. In providing a visual and textual guide for international readers, the editors at Intellect have provided constant support for the project. Especially of note are the efforts of Gabriel Solomons, the editor heading the World Film Locations lineup. In constructing a book on a topic simultaneously as marginal and central to film studies as the history of Helsinki, all the contributors have provided intriguing and invigorating perspectives to the city that continue the existing legacy and expand it in significant ways.
Pietari Kääpä is a research fellow in the School of Film and Television Studies at the University of Helsinki. He has published extensively on transnational Finnish cinema, including Directory of World Cinema: Finland. Silja Laine is a lecturer in landscape studies at the University of Turku, Finland.
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