Distribution Catalogue 2012-2013

AV-arkki’s preview DVD-catalogue 2012-2013 is intended for fast and professional festival distribution. 32 new works were curated into the catalogue by Nina Toppila (executive director of Forum Box, space for art) and Otto Suuronen (assistant, international promotion – short and documentary films, The Finnish Film Foundation) together with AV-arkki’s staff. The DVD catalogue will be published annually from 2012 onwards. AV-arkki’s preview DVD catalogue is intended only for professional preview. Any public presentation is strictly forbidden. The preview DVD catalogue is not for sale. Titles included in the 2012-13 DVD catalogue are:

Disc #1:

1. Erkka Nissinen: Rigid Regime (2012, 13:21)
2. Anssi Kasitonni: Planet of Sexes (2012, 10:35)
3. Pirjetta Brander: Flora (2013, 2:51)
4. Jani Ruscica: Scene Shifts, In Six Movements (2012, 15:58)
5. Juha Mäki-Jussila: Suddenly, Last Summer (2013, 4:14)
6. Shachindra Kumar Dass: GOING SOMEWHERE? (2012, 4:33)
7. Pink Twins: Miracle (2012, 8:18)
8. Jan Ijäs: Two Islands (2013, 5:58)
9. Minna Långström: THE LINE – Four Projections (2012, 15:15)
10. Maarit Suomi-Väänänen: In A Musty Misty Thicket (2012, 12:59)
11. Maija Saksman: Don’t Touch (2012, 1:23)
12. Pilvi Takala: Broad Sense (2012, 8:57)
13. Mari Keski-Korsu: Happiness (2012, 7:27)
14. Sini Pelkki: Embarkation (2012, 7:10)
15. Outi Sunila: Platoon (2012, 7:40)
16. Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: I Love My Job (2012, 25:00)

Disc #2:

1. Risto-Pekka Blom: Crap dad (2013, 15:10)
2. Niina Suominen: In Memoriam (2013, 6:36)
3. Jan Ijäs: Solitude in Year Zero (2012, 3:06)
4. Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: Archipelago Science Fiction (2012, 24:55)
5. Tommi Matikka: Small Heroes (2013, 2:21)
6. Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen: Dormitorium (2013, 4:30)
7. Miia Rinne: Sea (2013, 5:43)
8. Ulu Braun: Tower of Invincibility (2012, 15:52)
9. Milja Viita: Coriolis (2013, 13:48)
10. Anssi Kasitonni: Butterfly’s effect (2013, 9:05)
11. Maria Ångerman: Drifted (2012, 5:51)
12. Juhani Koivumäki: Reflection (2013, 6:47)
13. Marko Lampisuo: Future Ghosts (2012, 6:02)
14. Vappu Rossi: Goodbye Shadowy (2013, 1:58)
15. Carl Sebastian Lindberg: Home and Country (2013, 18:41)
16. Jaana Kokko: The Forest is Young and Full of Life (2013, 28:15)

 

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Disc #1:

1. Erkka Nissinen: Rigid Regime (2012, 13:21)
Synopsis: An armless outside observer arrives by helicopter to inspire the local community.

2. Anssi Kasitonni: Planet of Sexes (2012, 10:35)
Synopsis: An unexpected love awaits a lonely US Air Force pilot on the planet of female warriors, castration robots and lizard creatures. The action switches from the blackness of space to the surface of the desert planet and into fortresses under its surface with blinding speed.

3. Pirjetta Brander: Flora (2013, 2:51)
Synopsis: A lush animation reveals the secret life of flora.

4. Jani Ruscica: Scene Shifts, In Six Movements (2012, 15:58)
Synopsis: Words shape our impressions and form our history. In Scene Shifts, in six movements a journey through historical layers of various locations on several continents unfolds. However, it is primarily an intellectual journey. The locations, images, texts and music hold references to a long history of cross-cultural misinterpretations.

5. Juha Mäki-Jussila: Suddenly, Last Summer (2013, 4:14)
Synopsis: Suddenly, Last Summer is an experimental animation based freely on the play of the same title by Tennessee Williams. Some fragments of the original play are restaged frame by frame by new botanical performers.

6. Shachindra Kumar Dass: GOING SOMEWHERE? (2012, 4:33)
Synopsis: A bridge has only two ways to go. Back and forth. Watching the bidirectional simplicity of a rural Indian bridge is an intriguing experience.

7. Pink Twins: Miracle (2012, 8:18)
Synopsis: Laws of physics get distorted in this epic animation, where a spiralling organism mutates and reforms itself from primary structures to chaotic noise and harmonic caleidoscopic formations. Explosions of light and euphoric electronic music follow a miracle of synthetic life, evolution and afterlife.

8. Jan Ijäs: Two Islands (2013, 5:58)
Synopsis: Two Islands is a film about two enormous waste dumps in Staten Island and Hart Island, NYC. One is a now closed landfill, which at one point was the largest in the world, the other is a cemetary of unidentified people, still in use. Two Islands bluntly asks: what does the existence of these two huge mountains of economic and social waste tell about our civilization, and what kind of legacy will the archaeologists see in them when they are studying these a few centuries from now?

9. Minna Långström: THE LINE – Four Projections (2012, 15:15)
Synopsis: The Line — Four Projections discusses the way film has played its part in constructing various feminine mythical personifications often based on male projections. Using a specific line from a scene in the film Persona by Ingmar Bergman, reconstructing the scene, and internalizing it in the dreams of The Line’s main character, the film aims to capture the complexity of projections and their origins.

10. Maarit Suomi-Väänänen: In A Musty Misty Thicket (2012, 12:59)
Synopsis: Down in a mysterious, musty thicket on a deserted island, a pot is bubbling over a smoking campfire, around which Pik Mama and Missy are spending a hic-day in the forest. Weird and uncanny things are going on.

11. Maija Saksman: Don’t Touch (2012, 1:23)
Synopsis: Don’t Touch presents a vignette of eerie Finnish Gothic. An intense atmosphere of a rustic 19th century interior builds up and is released by an unexpected touch.

12. Pilvi Takala: Broad Sense (2012, 8:57)
Synopsis: Broad Sense is based on an three day long intervention in the European Parliament in Brussels. The video reveals the diversity of security responses to the artist’s visits.

13. Mari Keski-Korsu: Happiness (2012, 7:27)
Synopsis: Happiness reveals local people’s thoughts about happiness in Salo, Finland. Salo is a town in economical turmoil due to Nokia factory’s layoffs. The thoughts were collected at the market place via a happiness test on rocking chairs. The imagery consists of existing degrowth ideas like local bio-organic farming, renting services, local traveling etc. The video documentary has another part called Degrowth.

14. Sini Pelkki: Embarkation (2012, 7:10)
Synopsis: Moving image is framed and re-framed like the process of capturing still photographs, exploring the relationship between the still and the moving image.

15. Outi Sunila: Platoon (2012, 7:40)
Synopsis: Group of blind soldiers fumble through a pine tree forest, trying to find their way in darkness.

16. Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: I Love My Job (2012, 25:00)
Synopsis: The filmmakers invited employees in Gothenburg and Helsinki to describe conflicts in their work places – and invent fictional endings to the scenarios.

Disc #2:

1. Risto-Pekka Blom: Crap dad (2013, 15:10)
Synopsis: This experimental documentary is a personal narrative from the point of view of a stay-at-home dad. The film represents a new father’s viewpoint as a sort of an outsider in the process of giving birth and having a child. The anxiety, desperation and an overdose of family life are illustrated by the use of animated scenes. Though the father and his emotions about fatherhood are in the main focus, he stays in the background as a narrator.

2. Niina Suominen: In Memoriam (2013, 6:36)
Synopsis: In Memoriam is a stop-motion animation about an abandoned house. Images of the desolate building form a meditation on what will be left behind when we have left the stage.

3. Jan Ijäs: Solitude in Year Zero (2012, 3:06)
Synopsis: Technology connects us. We can communicate via smart phones over long distances, but sometimes this same technology seems to separate us from the ones physically close to us. Solitude in year zero was shot in Mexico with a smart phone.

4. Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: Archipelago Science Fiction (2012, 24:55)
Synopsis: The Turku archipelago islands located in the Baltic Sea provide the framework for four different future scenarios. These hilarious and sometimes chilling episodes were scripted and performed by the islanders. The surprisingly contemporary and universal stories derive from their own fears and hopes.

5. Tommi Matikka: Small Heroes (2013, 2:21)
Synopsis: Animated superheroes are running, bouncing and flying over the rooftops of Dakar like in a platformer video game. They are not in control of their skills, and each time they take off, they end up falling all the way to the ground. The soundtrack imitates the sounds of classic video games.

6. Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen: Dormitorium (2013, 4:30)
Synopsis: Group of teenagers engage in a pillow fight in a space that resembles a bunker or a room in a correctional facility. At the same time, a voice-over recites strict rules of boarding schools. Dormitorium was made with young people from Helsinki. It was inspired by the youngsters’ thoughts of their own space and the famous scene in Jean Vigo’s Zéro de Conduite in which students of a boarding school get into a pillow fight. The work deals with power and the design of behaviour with words and laws.

7. Miia Rinne: Sea (2013, 5:43)
Synopsis: Sea is the second part of a series of film paintings, where new works are painted upon earlier ones, reusing the same celluloid as the substrate. Embodied by the same corporeal material, these paintings build upon each other like different episodes in the life of a human being. In this way, a series of superimposed films has a resemblance to the development of human psychic system. Events of the bygone episodes remain effective in the present.

8. Ulu Braun: Tower of Invincibility (2012, 15:52)
Synopsis: Tower of Invincibility is a film about an esoteric health and sports camp in the early 20th century. The camera follows the protagonists during their daily routines: weight lifting, acrobatics, telepathy and leisure time. We witness their daily progress. The film takes place in Teufelsberg, a former listening station during the Cold War in Berlin.

9. Milja Viita: Coriolis (2013, 13:48)
Synopsis: Coriolis is a poetic documentary about identical twins, Marthe and Martine, who are separated by the world. A caregiver of the elderly, Martine currently lives in Helsinki, while Marthe, who works as a dressmaker, still lives in their native country, Togo. The two sisters come from a region where planetary winds, the great forces of the climate, arise.

10. Anssi Kasitonni: Butterfly’s effect (2013, 9:05)
Synopsis: A single butterfly causes a chain reaction in this animated narrative about the absence of destiny. The story also contains a life-saving miracle that is left unnoticed by the person who was saved.

11. Maria Ångerman: Drifted (2012, 5:51)
Synopsis: A woman is sitting by a dinner table with two cups in front of her. She looks like she’s waiting for someone. Or is she? Sometimes it can be difficult to separate imagination from reality and the present from the past.

12. Juhani Koivumäki: Reflection (2013, 6:47)
Synopsis: This experimental film simulates how a newborn child perceives the world. The child has not yet absorbed the grown up’s constructed ideas of the surrounding environment, nor made the the distinction between self and the other.

13. Marko Lampisuo: Future Ghosts (2012, 6:02)
Synopsis: Generation after another families set themselves on the same stairs for a group photo. The family portrait aids in constructing one’s self-understanding and relationships. A photographic image is a mirror whose reflections veil the original moment. Flashbacks of memories differ every time the photograph is seen. The picture itself remembers, but falls silent.

14. Vappu Rossi: Goodbye Shadowy (2013, 1:58)
Synopsis: Goodbye Shadowy combines stop motion and time lapse animation. In the pale light of February you can see the shadow of a living and evolving animal mobile. As the light moves, the development and growth of different animals can be seen. The wistful but humorous film shows the passage of light during the day, from dusk till dawn.

15. Carl Sebastian Lindberg: Home and Country (2013, 18:41)
Synopsis: Home and Country is based on interviews with the author Ann-Mari Lindberg. The work portrays the major events of the Second World War in Finland through her everyday experiences as a child. It also recounts how these experiences have influeced the values of her generation.

16. Jaana Kokko: The Forest is Young and Full of Life (2013, 28:15)
Synopsis: The Forest Is Young and Full of Life is a film which consists of parallel conversations representing different perspectives. The fictive and factual footage weave together to form a whole that sheds light on urban people’s relationship to animals, nature and the built environment.