The countdown for one of the nicest autumn traditions in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm Film Festival, has begun. This annual event is popular among movie fans, and this year it will be extra special since the festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary. From November 5 to 16, this will be celebrated with the visit of famous international guests such as Uma Thurman, Mike Leigh, Xavier Dolan, Pascal Ferran, and an ice sculpture by Ai Weiwei.

In November, when the autumn darkness is settled over Sweden and Stockholm, there is much need for gleams like Stockholm Film Festival. What could be better on a dark autumn night than to sit down in a movie theater and enjoy high-quality films from around the world? As usually the program is loaded, this year with 201 films from over 60 countries that you can enjoy at the city’s various cinemas. To mark the occasion the program is the largest to date, and this year’s focus is on Brazilian film.

Some examples of this year’s film gems are “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon, Michael Marcimains film version of Klas Östergren’s book “Gentlemen”, “Birdman” by Alejandro González Iñárritu in which Michael Keaton plays the lead role, Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” with Steve Carell, and “The Imitation Game” by Morten Tyldum, one of the year’s most talked about films.

The theme for this year is hope and is a tribute to the quality of film that without happy endings highlights stories of growing. This theme also has the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, which for the moment is banned from travelling, sent layouts for an ice sculpture on Norrmalmstorg, that will be unveiled by actress Uma Thurman during the opening gala on November 4th. Thurman will also be awarded the honorary prize Stockholm Achievement Award at the Film Festival for her outstanding achievements in film.

The Stockholm Film Festival is an important institution in the Swedish film industry. Ever since 1990, the capital’s cinematic pride has endeavored to broaden the Swedish film industry with innovative films of high quality, to guide the visitor to the modern film, and to stimulate debate. The 2014 version apparently has all the qualifications to manage these traditions in the best way. And as a visitor, you also get the opportunity to attend interesting seminars and to meet both actors and film crew.

So mark Novmber 5 to 16 in your calendar, and get ready for nearly two weeks of fantastic film in Stockholm! You can read more about the event on the festival’s website.