Jan Ijäs’s and Niina Suominen’s short films compete at CurtoCircuito IFF

Jan Ijäs’s Waste no. 4 New York, New York (2019) and Niina Suominen’s What Time Is? (2020, in featured image) were selected for international competitions of CurtoCircuito International Film Festival, held from October 3–11 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Jan Ijäs’s Waste no. 4 New York, New York will be screened on Monday, October 5, at 19:00 in Radar competition program 2 in Teatro Principal. Waste no. 4 New York, New York revisits the history of the City in twenty minutes through twelve cemeteries and one landfill. The short documentary is the fourth, independent episode from the ten-part Waste series.  

Jan Ijäs: Waste no. 4 New York, New York (2019)

Media artist and film director Jan Ijäs (b. 1975) studied documentary film making at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at the Aalto University in Helsinki. His work can be described as a blend of avant garde, experimental media art and documentary film making. His films have been screened at more than 200 Finnish and international film festivals and as installations in museums and art galleries. He has won numerous awards, including the Finnish Risto Jarva Prize in 2011 for SWEET MOV(I)E, Raft of the Médusa, film about immigration won Amnesty International Award 2018 at the IndieLisboa film festival in Portugal.

Niina Suominen’s What Time Is? will be screened in the Explora competition screening 1, on Thursday, October 8, at 22:00 in NUMAX. The starting point of What Time Is? was to create a visually interesting and intense, kaleidoscopically abundant work that could be set together with the pioneering electric composition of Jukka Ruohomäki (b.1947). The sound material was created in 1970 with the DIMI-synthesizer designed by Erkki Kurenniemi. The film material (16mm) was shot and developed by the director with the exception of the found footage war imagery. What time is? places the experience of time in the centre of contemplation. The human figures act as reference points for meditation on the passage and ending of time. The images of war function as universal symbols reflecting the inherent violence in human nature through all eras. The work gives us a chance to reflect on the transient nature of time and the relationship of the viewer to the conflict-ridden epoch in which we live.

Niina Suominen has graduated from the Arts Academy at Turku in 2004. She also has an education of a blacksmith, animal nurse and a forest worker. She works as a film director and media artist using traditional animation techniques requiring hand-work. Her works have been shown widely at the festivals both in Finland and abroad. She lives and works in Southwest Finland.

CurtoCircuito International Film Festival, October 3–11 2020, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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