Laura Horelli’s Uutisten aika (2019), Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker (2019), and Elli Vuorinen’s Still Lives (2019) were selected for the competitions of Nordisk Panorama, held from September 19–24 in Malmö, Sweden.
Laura Horelli‘s Uutisten aika competes for the Best Nordic Documentary Award among 14 mid- and feature length documentary films. Premiered in Forum Expanded at Berlinale in 2019, Uutisten aika (“Newstime”) is a found footage film which discusses cultural differences, being an outsider, the Namibian independence struggle, and Finland’s long-term ties with the southern African country. Ellen Namhila recites her autobiography “The Price of Freedom”. Namhila spent seven years in Tampere in the 1980s as a refugee on a scholarship, studying library science.
Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker and Elli Vuorinen’s Still Lives were selected for the Best Nordic Short Film competition, including 20 short films.
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.
In Elli Vuorinen‘s short animation Still Lives, the concept of busy stillness is explored from various standpoints as museum artefacts from all around the world reflect on the mundane challenges of modern life.
Nordisk Panorama, September 19–24 2019, Malmö, Sweden
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