Salla Tykkä's Giant at Les écrans documentaires, France, and at UrbanEye Film Festival, Romania
Salla Tykkä’s Giant (2014) will be screened in November at two different festivals.
In France, Giant is included in the programme of Les écrans documentaires, held in Arcueil from November 2–9. The short documentary film is screened on Tuesday, November 8, as a part of Youth programme with films related to sports dating back even to the late 1880s. The selection also features Louis Malle’s short film Vive le Tour! from 1962.
Giant is also selected to the international competition of UrbanEye Film Festival, held in Bucharest, Romania from November 16–20. UrbanEye is a film festival focusing on the link between the city and cinema.
Giant was filmed at the famous, Romanian, Communist-era gymnastics schools of Onesti and Deva where people still train fanatically. Top young gymnasts talk about their love of the sport, their fears and dreams. The combination with archival material from the 1970s onwards reveals links between the photogenic sport and the severe, modernist architecture of the sports centres. The film was awarded with Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014.
Salla Tykkä lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki 2003. She has been working with photography, video and film since 1996. Her work mainly deals with audiovisual memory and the power structures within the everyday life visual narratives. Tykkä won the AVEK Award for Media Art in September 2016.
Les écrans documentaires, Arcueil, France, November 2–9
UrbanEye Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania, November 16–20