Anssi Kasitonni's Saladdin Castique awarded with Special Mention at ISFF Oberhausen

Anssi Kasitonni's Saladdin Castique awarded with Special Mention at ISFF Oberhausen

Anssi Kasitonni’s Saladdin Castique (2018) was awarded with a Special Mention at the 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, held from May 3–8.

The Jury of the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia states: “Nonsense makes sense! When theory fails, silliness comes into its own. In this sense, our special mention recognises a fairytale-like roguish piece which is perfect Dadaist fun, and that’s it.”

In Saladdin Castique, a man walks in the forest and tries to find berries. He finds instead an empty French salad dressing bottle. A genie comes out of the bottle and grants the man three wishes. The man uses the wishes traditionally but he uses bad language all the time and the genie does not like it. The man is going to learn a lesson.

Anssi Kasitonni is a skateboarder and an award-winning artist from Sahalahti, Finland. He has worked in music, drawing and sculpture, but to many of his fans, the most beloved of his works are the short films he makes at his own farm. The films deal with age-old questions related to morality, love, death, generation gaps, sexuality and, of course, submarines. The ideas are epic, the films decidedly homespun. His movies create their own world that tells us something essential about ours. Kasitonni won the esteemed Ars Fennica Award in 2011.


The 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 3.–8.5.2018, Germany

More information: ISFF Oberhausen


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