Short films by Mia Mäkelä and Anssi Kasitonni screened at Alcine Film Festival, Spain

Anthropobee (2022) (featured image) by Mia Mäkelä and Le Saboteur (2022) by Anssi Kasitonni are part of Alcine Film Festival. The festival is held on November 4-11 2022 in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain. Both of the short films will be screened on Friday, November 4 2022 at Corral de Comedias. Anthropobee is part of “Europe II – HIVE” screening which is at 8 PM and Kasitonni’s Le Saboteur is included in “Europe III – ACTION!” screening at 9:30 PM.

Anthropobee is an experimental video essay about the unique interspecies relationship between humans and the honey bee (apis mellifera). The artist spent three years as a beekeeper, documenting her experiences in a series of humorous, poetic, and contemplative dialogues which leave space for not-knowing and ecocentricity, differing from traditional nature documentaries. Various scenes common in European apiculture today reveal the degree of anthropocentricity and control we impose on the life of the honey bee, subjugating the bees into a condition of exploitable natural resource. 

Mia Mäkelä works with audiovisual performance, documentary and development projects. She graduated from Tampere School of Arts and Communications in 1996 and from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2006. Mäkelä is internationally acclaimed for her trajectory in the field of live cinema. She has shown her work and lectured all over the globe.

In Le Saboteur an ex-saboteur gets back in the game and every trick will be exposed! A short action film about the joint adventure of indie filmmaking – with all the special effects.

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.

Alcine, Festival de Piezas Preciosas, November 4-11 2022, Madrid, Spain.

More information: Alcine.

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