Nordisk Panorama Film Festival will be held from September 16–21 2021 as an on-site event in Malmö, Sweden. The programme includes several short films from our artists. Maija Tammi’s and Pinja Valja’s short films were selected for the competitions of the festival, while Pilvi Takala’s and Elli Vuorinen’s short films are included in the special programme.
Maija Tammi’s The Problem of the Hydra (2020, in the featured image) was selected for the New Nordic Voice Short Film competition. The screening “Seek, and You Shall Find” takes place on Saturday, September 18, at 18:15 in Spegeln A. The Problem of the Hydra is an experimental documentary film about the practical and metaphysical problems a small fresh-water polyp, known as Hydra, has caused since the 1700s to the present day. Contrary to most animals, Hydra vulgaris does not age – at all.
Pinja Valja’s To Make a Film Just to Meet Vera (2021) was selected for The Best Nordic Short Film competition and will be screened in the programme “Beyond Appearances” on Saturday, September 18, at 20:45, and on Sunday, September 19, at 10:00. Both screenings take place in Spegeln A. To Make a Film Just to Meet Vera is an experimental documentary about an encounter between two women: media artist Pinja Valja and model Vera Ruuska. As a child, Pinja dreamt of becoming a princess whose main job would be to be beautiful, wear gorgeous clothes and be admired – like a model. Pinja makes a documentary about Vera to explore her own childhood dream and her own identity.
Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker (2019) and Elli Vuorinen’s Still Lives (2019) are included in the Nordisk Panorama Cinema Walk.
The Stroker is on view in Minc, a startup house in Malmö. 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.
Still Lives is screened in STPLN, a creative hub and event venue. In 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 Film Festival, September 16–21 2021, Malmö, Sweden
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