New short fiction and experimental films in AV-arkki’s archive / Fall ’22

Featured image from Elina Oikari: Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings (2021)

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Short fiction

Pasi Autio: Feel the Heat (2022, 09:06)

Pasi Autio: Feel the Heat (2022)

Feel the Heat depicts a one-man disco in a forest at night, and the atmosphere is magnificent – the lights are flashing, birds are singing, dancing continues and time disappears. The night cannot go on forever and, in the morning, the surrounding reality is revealed.

Sevgi Eker: 7 P.M. on a Sunday (2022, 28:41)

Sevgi Eker: 7 P.M. on a Sunday

“The point of no return. Laura’s life falls apart when she hears that her 14-year-old daughter Ida is suspected of a serious crime.”

Elina Oikari: Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings (2021, 14:00)

Elina Oikari: Flying Potato and Other Misunderstandings (2021)

In grainy, transitory images, the filmmaker relates her vision for directing a neo-Western. She imagines that the greatest hurdle her protagonists, Yassine and Hami, will have to face will be the friendly but firm rejection of Finnish society. When violence on the imaginary frontier escalates in the form of a flying potato, the “fictitious” figures begin to speak about their real experiences.

Minna-Kaisa Kallinen: I Call Them Glowsuckers (2021, 22:48)

Minna-Kaisa Kallinen: I Call Them Glowsuckers (2021)

I Call Them Glowsuckers lets the viewer experience the extraordinary encounter of a swimmer and an unknown sea creature. At first the swimmer is horrified, but soon also enchanted by her discovery. In a short period of time the creatures take over her daily life, as her endless curiosity brings her ever deeper into their world. I Call Them Glowsuckers is a meditation on the human-nature relationship, prejudices and fears as well as the urge to understand something foreign.

Experimental film

Kristoffer Ala-Ketola: Infantasy (2021, 13:33)

Kristoffer Ala-Ketola: Infantasy (2021)

Infantasy is an audiovisual meditation on the semiotic connections between rest, work, death, and liminal space. The work seeks to describe the loss of consciousness, exhaustion, inactivity, exertion, the artistic process, and the interstices of these concepts with a dreamlike logic. Pillows and blankets equate to snow and falling asleep seems like a break from reality.

Kristoffer Ala-Ketola: Infatuation with the Never Ending Past (2022, 20:00)

Kristoffer Ala-Ketola: Infatuation with the Never Ending Past (2022)

In Infatuation with the Never Ending Past, Ala-Ketola combines vignettes of his personal life with constructed studio imagery to portray a queer journey which juxtaposes the personal and shared, symbolist and documentative, directed and intuitive, archived and edited.

Panu Johansson: Men at Work (2022, 06:01)

Panu Johansson: Men at Work (2022)

This found footage film follows one average workday in a factory environment. With a little fast forward and rewind everything around, the machines and the people working with them, becomes one. The industrial mood is completed with a soundtrack consisting of readymade loops and samples.

Maippi Ketola: Holy Dolls (2013, 02:52)

Maippi Ketola: Holy Dolls (2013)

Holy Dolls in a grand meeting of the nations. All the dolls collected by my grandparents from 1963 to 2012 are invited.

Elian Mikkola: Man Made (2022, 08:08)

Elian Mikkola: Man Made (2022)

Man Made, a repurposed narrative of a boy who gets introduced to the wonders of life by a beautiful shining trumpet. But the struggle to be oneself has only begun. Utilizing found 16mm footage and both digital and analog manipulation techniques, the filmmaker pierces conventional masculinity with a transformative queer gaze.

Sini Pelkki: Is All (2021, 09:18)

Sini Pelkki: Is All (2021)

Is All visualizes time, transience, and presence through interpretation, repetition, and imitation. 

Miia Rinne: New Bugs (2022, 05:52)

Miia Rinne: New Bugs (2022)

In New Bugs, things merge, collide, and intrude into each other. At one point, bird eats worms, and the second moment worms eat carcass of a bird. Everything goes around. New Bugs is the sixth part in Rinne’s series of films that construct image and sound by layering and recycling analog and digital fragments.

Niina Suominen: Golden Headacher (2022, 17:00)

Niina Suominen: Golden Headacher (2022)

Golden Headacher is an experimental animation documentary about women’s hate and aggression and the culturally sanctioned ways to express or suppress these uneasy feelings. The dialogue is constructed from experiences of women dealing with feelings of aggression towards children and spouses and between women. At the same time, the dialogue comments on cultural norms related to the expression of aggression by women. The film was created by animating textile and décor waste and beautiful glossy pictures of children that were popular in Scandinavia in the last century. The material was improvised using the qualities of different fabrics and objects as the basis for the images. The work brings to the fore the irritation and exhaustion felt by women and the thoughts often left unsaid outside the walls of home. Also the remorse and the shame felt after the bursts of anger are reflected on.

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