Marja Helander’s Eatnanvuloš Lottit – Birds in the Earth (2018), Sami van Ingen’s Flame (2018), and Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker (2019) were selected in the Nordic Competition of Minimalen Short Film Festival, held from January 22–27 in Trondheim, Norway.
Marja Helander‘s Birds in the Earth is a short film based on dance. The main characters are two young Sámi ballet students; Birit and Katja Haarla. The movie tells a bit melancholic story through their dance performances. At the same time it examines the deeper questions of the ownership of Sámi land.
NOR 1 (Total: 86 min.)
Wed Jan 23 15:00 [Nova 2]
Thu Jan 24 21:00 [Cinemateket]
The Stroker is based on Pilvi 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.
NOR 5 (Total: 88 min.)
Fri Jan 25 15:00 [Nova 2]
Sat Jan 26 19:00 [Cinemateket]
Sami van Ingen ‘s 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.
NOR 6 (Total: 86 min.)
Fri Jan 25 19:00 [Nova 2]
Sat Jan 26 15:00 [Cinemateket]
The 31st Minimalen Short Film Festival, January 22–27 2019, Trondheim, Norway
More information: Minimalen SFF