Milja Viita’s Animal Bridge U-3033 & Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker selected for Hot Docs

Milja Viita’s Animal Bridge U-3033 (2018) and Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker (2019) were selected for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, held in Toronto from April 25 to May 5. Hot Docs is the largest documentary festival in North America.

Milja Viita’s Animal Bridge U-3033 will have its international festival premiere at Hot Docs. The experimental short film was recently awarded with Risto Jarva Prize at Tampere Film Festival. Animal Bridge U-3033 is about the parallel realities of humans and wild animals. It’s filmed during a year on a bridge above motor highway. These bridges are architecturally engrossing structures, addressed only to the nature, allowing animals to cross the highway. The built environment meets the untouched nature in this narrow strip of urban forest. The 35mm film sequences shot with an old camera create contrast with a mysterious reality captured by trail cameras.

Milja Viita‘s (b.1974) installations and films consist of experimental and documentary elements. Her works have been exhibited in e.g. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Mänttä Art Festival and in film and media art festivals internationally. Milja Viita lives and works in Porvoo, Finland. She graduated with MFA degree in Time and Space Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2005.

Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker will have its North American premire at Hot Docs. The Stroker is based on Takala’s two week-long intervention at Second Home, a trendy East London coworking space for young entrepreneurs and startups. During the intervention Takala posed as a wellness consultant named Nina Nieminen, the founder of cutting-edge company Personnel Touch who were allegedly employed by Second Home to provide touching services in the workplace.

Pilvi Takala (b. 1981) lives and works between Berlin and Helsinki. Her video works are based on performative interventions in which she researches specific communities in order to process social structures and question the normative rules and truths of our behaviour in different contexts. Her works show that it is often possible to learn about the implicit rules of a social situation only by its disruption. Her work has been shown in MoMA PS1 and New Museum, Kiasma, Palais de Tokyo, Kunsthalle Basel, Manifesta 11, Witte de With, and the 9th Istanbul Biennial. Takala won the Dutch Prix de Rome in 2011 and the Emdash Award and Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts in 2013.

Pilvi Takala: The Stroker (2019)

Pilvi Takala: The Stroker (2019)

Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, April 25 – May 5, Toronto, Canada

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