Three short films by AV-arkki’s artists were screened at various queer and feminist film festivals in September 2021. Jari Kallio’s and Essi Vesala’s Magma (2020, in featured image) was screened at The Palace International Film Festival in Bristol from September 8–12 2021. Magma is a balm for soothing terrestrial aches, a memento of worlds not yet imagined. To exhale is the smallest possible ritual, one that has to do with memory: an old world, a lava lamp, the smell of gas, a suspended bubble; a sacrifice that is the end of all sacrifice.
Taija Goldblatt’s Hidden (2020) was screend at Les mains gauches queer feminist short film festival, held in Marseille from September 9–12 2021. Hidden is a study on non-places and fringes, on seeing and being seen. Webcam-material collected from the net forms the base of the piece: roadsides, parking lots, remote shores and surveillance camera footage from around the world. The piece combines drawing, animation and video-image in multiple layers.
Iona Roisin’s Compliance (2020) was screened at Queer City Cinema Film Festival, held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, from September 16–18 2021. Compliance is a poetic examination of how trauma reverberates through the years.
The Palace International Film Festival, September 8–12 2021, Bristol, UK
Les mains gauches, September 9–12 2021, Marseille, France
Queer City Cinema Film Festival, September 16–18 2021, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada