Maija Blåfield’s The Fantastic will be screened at Luxembourg City Film Festival, held as a hybrid event from March 4–14. The screening, taking place on Friday, March 12 in Ciné Utopia, and on Saturday, March 13 online, is a collaboration with Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporary. It will also be screened at MiradasDoc, held from February 26 – March 6 in Tenerife, Canary Islands, and at Days of Ethnographic Film, held from March 3–6 in Slovenia as an online festival.
The Fantastic is a film about encountering the unknown and the relationship between imagination and reality. The film is built on interviews with exiled North Koreans, who describe what they imagined the outside world to be like, based on their experiences of watching smuggled western fiction films. Alternating documentary footage and visual effects, the film raises the question of how reality is defined and what we wish to believe in. The Fantastic reverses the set-up where westerners are peeping in on the everyday life of the closed-off state. In this film, it is the North Koreans who direct their curiosity at the outside world and imagine what life in Western countries is like. Recently, it was selected as a nominee for Jussi Award for the Best Short Film in Finland.
Maija Blåfield is an artist and an experimental documentary filmmaker from Helsinki, Finland. Her works often combine documentary and fiction in some way, exploring the fantastic side of our everyday life and digging up the stories from its events. She was granted the State Prize for the Media Arts in 2014 and in 2017, she was a nominee for Ars Fennica award for contemporary art. Her works have been screened in international and national festivals, television, art museums and exhibitions.
MiradasDoc, February 26 – March 6 2021, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Days of Ethnographic Film, March 3–6, 2021 Slovenia
Luxembourg City Film Festival, March 4–14 2021, Luxembourg & online