Jonna Kina’s Arr. for a Scene awarded as the Best Nordic Short Film at Nordisk Panorama

Jonna Kina’s Arr. for a Scene (2017) won the Best Nordic Short Film Award at Nordisk Panorama. Held from September 21–26 in Malmö, the festival is a notable showcase of Nordic documentaries and shorts, aimed at both film professionals and larger audiences. The award is worth EUR 7000. The jury of the Best Nordic Short Film competition was composed of Anna Henckel Donnersmark (Berlinale), Derek Tan (Viddsee, Singapore), and Peter Larsson, the 2016 Best Nordic Short Film winner (Sweden).

The jury awarded Kina’s short film for showing “the potential of what short film is when at its best. Shot within a short time, and thanks to the precise simplicity in the execution, it opens up multiple layers: for observation, perception and thinking.”

“It is a film about filmmaking. But it is also a film about the shared experience of cinema. And it brings us together by tapping into the collective memory we all have – the memory created by iconic movies. All this arranged in one scene and a few minutes”, the jury concluded.

Arr. for a Scene is a documentary of two foley artists while they are producing sounds for one of the most famous film scene in the film history (the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 1960). This performance is documented on 35 mm film. The original film scene will remain invisible while the viewer sees only the foley artists creating sound effects for the scene, such as footsteps, shower and door closing. During the performance, the foley artists are looking straight at the camera. The film inverts the position of the screen and the gaze of the viewer. The viewer becomes part of the scene. The film examines the way sounds are constructed for the use of cinema and what happens when the structures of a film are dismantled into parts.

Jonna Kina (b. 1984, Lappeenranta, Finland) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with photography, video, sound and text. She has studied in Helsinki, New York and Jerusalem. Kina’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions such as Museo Amparo, Puebla (2016), Gallery AMA, Helsinki (2016), Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago (2016), Kunsthalle, Helsinki (2016), Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (2015), Finnish Museum of Photography (2015), Finnish Institute, Stockholm (2014), Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid (2014) and Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg (2014). In 2013 she received a special mention from the jury of Photo Levallois Award and was nominated by the by Hasselblad Foundation’s Victor Fellowship Award and in 2014 by the Source Cord Prize.

Nordisk Panorama, 21.–26.9.2017, Malmö, Sweden

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