Saara Ekström’s Amnion and Hanna Hovitie’s Square the Circle screened at Flight International Film Festival

Saara Ekström’s Amnion (2023, in featured image) and Hanna Hovitie’s Square the Circle (2023) have been chosen for Flight International Film Festival, taking place October 18–22, 2023 in Genoa, Italy. Amnion is screened in Cinema Gioiello on Friday October 20 at 9pm and Hovitie’s Square the Circle on Saturday October 21 at 6pm in the same location.

Landfills on the fringes of cities reveal all about our culture, habits, fears and desires. Here treasures turn into trash and the excess of our discarded welfare and cheap labor dances in the wind. Shot in 8mm film, Amnion (innermost membrane enclosing an embryo) is a dark and melancholy vision, where the organic merges with the synthetic, polymer molecules imitate the DNA helix, and new life begins to take shape under transparent folds of plastic wrapping.

Saara Ekström works in film, photography, text and installation. Chronotopes where time and place densify, time that nurtures and erodes, the ambivalent desire to both remember and forget are at the core of her art. Ekström’s work has been shown extensively in various museums and festivals in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She received the Finnish media art prize AVEK-award in 2018 and the prizes of SW Finland in 2017, Finnish Art Society in 1995 and the Aboa prize in 1994. She has been the Helsinki Festival Artist in 2005 and was nominated for both Ars Fennica and Carnegie Art Award prizes in 2010.

Hanna Hovitie: Square the Circle (2023)

Square the Circle asks: How to be a circle in a square world? In a two-dimensional space, out of time, a person seeks their belonging to the world through a journey to infinity.

Hanna Hovitie is a film director and video artist from Helsinki, Finland. Her films have been shown and awarded at several prominent international festivals such as DOK Leipzig, Melbourne International Film Festival, Sheffield DocFest, and International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Flight International Film Festival Genova, October 18–22, 2023, Genoa, Italy

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