Flame by Sami van Ingen (2018) and Hole by Jaakko Pallasvuo (2019) will be screened at Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, held from August 19–25 in Russia.
Jaakko Pallasvuo’s short film Hole will be screened in the international competition 2 on Thursday, August 20, at 20:00, and on Friday, August 21, at 18:00. Hole is a video essay, an intuitive visual study of mass culture, symmetrically framed by footage of pink circles: the shot in the beginning is a sock with a hole inversed, the final frame shot with a mobile phone shows balloons. As the film progresses, the connection that builds between these two images turns both of them into a symbol of a wound. A wound inextricably tying the transcendental experience of beauty with guilt. Director Jaakko Pallasvuo’s sophisticated collage marks the massive attraction to the Hole.
Sami van Ingen’s short film Flame is included in the vast thematic programme Fireworks, curated by Dmitry Frolov. Flame is a part of the screening “Ignition“, screened on Friday, August 21, at 19:00. 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.
Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, August 19–25 2020, Russia
More information: MIEFF