Sami van Ingen’s Flame (2018) will have its UK premiere at the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival. Held from 20.6.–1.7., Edinburgh IFF is the world’s oldest continually running film festival.
Van Ingen’s short film was selected for the Black Box programme. Black Box is Edinburgh International Film Festival’s regular experimental strand, curated by Kim Knowles. Flame is included in the Black Box Shorts screening “Physical Connection“. The screenings take place in Filmhouse 3 on Friday, June 29, at 20:50 and on Sunday, July 1, at 13:10.
Premiered at IFF Rotterdam and awarded at Fronteira Festival (The Best Film by Audience Jury) and Tampere Film Festival (Diploma of Merit of the National Competition), Flame is a fractured melodrama, based on damaged frames from the last minutes of the only remaining nitrate reel of the lost feature film Silja – Fallen Asleep When Young (1937) directed by Teuvo Tulio. All screening prints and the negative of the film were destroyed in a 1959 studio fire. A sequence from the middle of the film was found at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 2015. The film is produced by Testifilmi Oy.
Sami van Ingen is a veteran in alternative Finnish film, who has worked as an artist, lecturer and curator since the late 1980s. He lives and works in Hankavaara, Finland. Van Ingen finished his doctoral studies in the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2012. He often uses random or found materials in his works. His works have been seen in many national and international exhibitions and festivals over the years, including Tbilisi Triennial (2012), Kunsthalle Helsinki (2005) and Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland (2002).
The 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival, 20.6.–1.7.2018, UK
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