Helsinki, Forever is a montage film about the city of Helsinki by the award-winning Finnish film director and academic Peter von Bagh. The film draws a portrait of Helsinki and also acts as an essay on Finnish culture in a wider sense. It shows Helsinki as captured by leading Finnish feature film and documentary makers over a period of one hundred years. —The Finnish Film Foundation
Peter von Bagh (born 29 August 1943 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish film historian and director. He currently works as a professor of film history in the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He has written around 20 books about film and worked as a presenter for numerous television and radio programs about film and other popular culture. Von Bagh has previously worked as the head of the Finnish Film Archive. He is the editor-in-chief of Filmihullu magazine and the festival director of Midnight Sun Film Festival. He has also directed the Bolognese film festival Il Cinema Ritrovato for nine years running.
He was a member of the jury in the competition category of 2004 Cannes Film Festival. —Wikipedia
"Cinema is a place where people shares the same dream" (Jean Cocteau), that must be the initial notion for Von Bagh when he started to think about the film and it could be applied to the city Helsinki. Told and cross-referenced with other art form such as painting, sketches and of course cinema, it's one of the most beautiful, thoughtful love letter to a city.