Maija Blåfield’s On Destruction and Preservation (2018) will be screened at the 12th Corsica.Doc, held from October 24–28, and at the 59th Festival dei Popoli – International Documentary Film Festival, held from November 3–10 in Florence, Italy.
In Corsica, Blåfield’s mid-length documentary film is included in the screening “Now Future”, screened on Friday, October 26, at 14:00. At Festival dei Popoli, it is included in the programme section “Habitat” and screened on Friday, November 9, at 17:00.
Premiered at Visions du Réel, Nyon, On Destruction and Preservation consists of five separate documentary stories. One was filmed in arctic Svalbard on a guided tour on a rainy February day. The focus of the sightseeing changes to something not originally intended and becomes an introduction to climate change. The identifiable and endearing humanity of the characters appearing in the story make the topic easier to address. And there is also humour.
The other stories correspond and react to this setting in different ways. Stories include a discussion about saving the world, a famous Swedish eel who lived alone in a well over a century, a luggage lost in the ocean due to a wreck of a container ship and a sex scene of fungi giving birth to new life in a deteriorating house.
Maija Blåfield is a filmmaker from Helsinki, Finland. Her works lay between experimental film and documentary. She was granted the State Prize for the Media Arts in 2014 and nominated for Ars Fennica award on 2017. Previous films include Saving the World (55 min, 2005, Kinotar), Golden Age (19 min, 2015, Häivekuva).
The 12th Corsica.Doc, October 24–28 2018, Corsica, France
The 59th Festival dei Popoli, November 3–10, Florence, Italy