Maarit Suomi-Väänänen's Up and About Again & Mika Taanila's Futuro at Winterthur ISFF

Maarit Suomi-Väänänen's Up and About Again & Mika Taanila's Futuro at Winterthur ISFF

Maarit Suomi-Väänänen’s Up and About Again (2009) and Mika Taanila’s Futuro –  A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998) are screened as a part of the Focus Nordic Countries at Winterthur International Short Film Festival. Held from November 8–13, the Swiss festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Suomi-Väänänen’s Up and About Again will be screened in a programme named “Take a Walk on the Wild Site“. The screening takes place in Kino Cameo on Thursday, November 10 at 19:30. ‘Up and About Again’ is moved by motion and laid back in the outback. A car covered in thick snow drives across the dreamlike summer landscapes. Something has turned the everyday upside down. Fear is hidden.

Maarit Suomi-Väänänen works as a filmmaker and media artist. Praised as fascinating, absurd and open to a multitude of interpretations, Suomi-Väänänen’s award-winning works are shown in exhibitions, at festivals and on TV over 35 countries.

Still from: Suomi-Väänänen: Up and About Again (2009)

Still from: Suomi-Väänänen: Up and About Again (2009)

Taanila’s Futuro –  A New Stance for Tomorrow is included in the “Nordic Presents” programme hailing the charms of the Scandinavian design. The programme is screened on Friday, November 11 at 16:30 in Casino Theatersaal and Saturday, November 12 at 22:30 in Casino Festsaal. The short documentary film tells about the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro House, a “Space Age” utopia that almost came true.

Mika Taanila (b. 1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with documentaries, experimental film and visual arts. Human engineering, utopias, failures and man-machines are recurring themes in his films and installations. In 2015, Taanila was awarded with the prestigious Ars Fennica Award, the biggest Finnish art award.


Winterthur International Short Film Festival, November 8–13, Switzerland

More information: Winterthur ISFF

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