Giant by Salla Tykkä at Les Rencontres Internationales Berlin, June 23–28
The film Giant by Salla Tykkä will be presented at Les Rencontres Internationales – New Cinema and Contemporary Art, taking place between June 23 and 28 at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany. The film will be presented in the Cinema Self screening on Saturday, June 27.
Les Recontres Internationales is a transdisciplinary festival for cinema, video, visual arts and multimedia located in Paris and Berlin.
Giant features leading junior team gymnasts of Romania. The film is shot in two boarding schools for artistic gymnastics in Onesti and Deva. A soundtrack of interviews with the gymnasts accompanies images of them training and of empty gymnasiums. Archive film footage starting from 1970s and clips from a feature fiction film shot in the same locations reveal not only a continuity in picturing this sport but also the structures of recording it.
Salla Tykkä (b. 1973) 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. Her works have in recent years been seen in solo and group exhibitions in London, Norrköping, Amsterdam, New York and Paris, and she has participated in Biennale of Sydney (2010) and Venice Biennale (2001). Tykkä’s films have also been shown at international film festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2007), Tribeca Film Festival in New York (2003) and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2003, 2002).