Rainio & Roberts selected for Documentary Competition, Lauri Astala for Special Programme of interfilm in Berlin

Rainio & Roberts selected for Documentary Competition, Lauri Astala for Special Programme of interfilm in Berlin

The film The Factory of the World (2014) by Minna Rainio (b. 1974) and Mark Roberts (b. 1970) has been selected for the Documentary Competition of interfilm 31st International Short Film Festival through AV-arkki’s distribution. Lauri Astala’s (b. 1958) Transit (2014) will be presented in a Special Programme “Transitions – Experimental Short Films”.

The festival is held in Berlin, Germany during November 10 – 15, 2015.

still1_the_factory_of_the_world_by_minna_rainio_mark_robertsThe Factory of the World is a documentary film that presents video images from a former electronics factory in northern Finland. The factory was closed in 2003 when the production was moved to China. The images are juxtaposed with audio narration about working conditions in Chinese factories. The work observes how the lives and destinies of workers in China and in Finland are connected in the global networks of commerce and capitalism.

The film was also screened during LISFE 2015 in Leiden, the Netherlands in May.

Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts are a Finland-based artist duo whose heavily research-based work investigates the impact of social and political power on individual experience and history, and its manifestation in physical spaces. Their art has dealt with issues such as Finnish-Russian border, refugees’ experiences in Finland and the international trafficking of women.

Rainio and Roberts have exhibited widely in Finland, Europe and United States including Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2004), Finnish Photography Triennial 2006 at Salo Art Museum, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany (2008), and Finnish Cultural Institute in Paris (2008), as well as numerous international festivals.


Transit continues to impress international audiences

Transit’s cinematography and visual language have convinced juries and audiences at international festivals and events around the world. Astala’s film was selected for the International Competitions of IndieCork Festival in Cork, Ireland and the 13th Asiana International Short Film Festival (AISFF2015) in Seoul, South Korea. It will also be screened during the 32nd Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival in November.

The film has participated in the competition Prix Videoformes at 30th VIDEOFORMES Digital Arts Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France in April, the International Competition of the 31st Hamburg International Short Film Festival in Germany in June, and the Main Competition of  OFF15 – Odense International Film Festival in Denmark in August.

Transit presents documentary shots of New York altered by camera movements, angles and framing. This builds up a new fictitious urban space, and the theme of Transit evolves around the collective visual ideas and notions of the urban environment.

Lauri Astala is one of of the most distinguished media artists in Finland. He makes sculptures, videos and installations, that concentrate on our concepts and experiences of space and the ways in which cultural structures shapes them. His works have been presented at numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1989. In 2007, Astala was awarded with the Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts.

interfilm 31st International Short Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, November 10 – 15, 2015.
More information: www.interfilm.de

For press photos and inquiries, please contact AV-arkki’s Programme Coordinator Hanna Joensuu: programme@av-arkki.fi, tel. +358 50 4356 092

AV-arkki has promoted and distributed Finnish media art since 1989. AV-arkki’s promotional efforts have made the artists’ participation in these events possible.

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