Sami van Ingen’s Flame continues its festival circulation. It will be screened in the official programme of one of the A class film festivals, the 53rd Karloy Vary International Film Festival, held from 29.6.–7.7. in Czech Republic. It was also selected to the international competition of experimental films at the 26th Curtas Vila do Conde, held from 14.–22.7. in Portugal.
At Karlovy Vary IFF, Flame is included in the Imagina programme, dedicated to films with an unconventional approach to narration and style, distinctive and radical visions of film language. The screenings of Flame take place on Saturday, June 30, at 09:00 in Cinema B; on Thursday, July 5, at 16:30 in Husovka Theatre; and on Friday, July 6, at 18:30 Čas Cinema.
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.
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 Helsinki. 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 has previously won the Best Film by Audience Jury Award at Fronteira International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Brasil, a honorary mention at Art Film Fest, Košice, Slovakia, and a diploma of merit in the national competition of Tampere Film Festival.
The 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 29.6.–7.7.2018, Czech Republic
The 26th Curtas Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival, 14.–22.7.2018, Portugal