Sami van Ingen’s short film Flame wins the Best Film by Audience Jury Award at the IV Fronteira International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival in Goiânia, Brasil. The Short Film Competition of Fronteira 2018 featured 18 works selected out the 2755 submitted films.
Since its first edition FRONTEIRA – INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL has been dedicated to the exhibition of films that resist the predominant forms of cinematic language, questioners of world-made previews and offering new ways of seeing, thinking and perceiving the reality. The festival’s purpose is to bring films mostly unpublished in Brazil, from contenders and marginal filmmakers around the world, creating a significant cut in the issues and movements that structure today’s cinema and how they point their way to the future.
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).
Flame is a 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. Flame premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2018.
The film is funded by AVEK / Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo, in co-production with Yle / Sari Volanen. Distributed by AV-arkki.