Short Waves features Maija Blåfield’s Scenic View, Jussi Eerola’s Grasshopper and Matti Harju’s Ecstasy

Maija Blåfield’s Scenic View (2023), Jussi Eerola’s Grasshopper (2023) and Matti Harju’s Ecstasy (2023, in featured image) are screened at Short Waves Festival, taking place from November 14–19, 2023 in Poznań, Poland and online from November 20–30, 2023. The works are show in two competition series: international competition will feature Blåfield’s Scenic View, distributed in collaboration with Raina Film Distribution, and Eerola’s Grasshopper, while Harju’s Ecstasy will participate in the RAW competition.

Finland has the most forest in Europe, but primeval forest has become so rare that it feels fictional. Is it now the enchanted forest? Is a commercial forest real? As nature documentaries are staged, are they fiction? Scenic View is a film about how we look at a forest landscape and the reality.

Maija Blåfield (b. 1973) is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist and film director. Her cinematic works navigate the grounds between experimental film and documentary film. In addition, Blåfield also works with photography and writing, among other media. Blåfield’s works typically address the ambiguity of reality, experiencing our everyday life differently, and the human relationship with the environment. Her works have been presented in Finland and internationally, in art museums and galleries, as well as at film festivals and on television. Blåfield was awarded the Finnish state award for media art in 2014 and was nominated for the prestigious Ars Fennica award in 2017.

Jussi Eerola: Grasshopper (2023)

In Grasshoper: Night falls down on empty business premises – and lights go up! A minimalistic musical.

Finnish filmmaker and cinematographer Jussi Eerola (1969) has worked as director of photography on many international award-winning films from prominent Finnish directors and artists. His directorial debut was in 2009 with Refugees of Technocracy, a documentary about electro-hypersensitive people. Return of the Atom (2015) received the Best Nordic Film prize at CPH:DOX and it was co-directed with Mika Taanila, one of the people with whom Eerola founded Elokuvayhtiö Testifilmi, a Finnish film production company. Blue Honda Civic is his directorial short film debut.

Set in the darkest time of the year, a feverish and delirious film about a small and ever-shrinking island – the Ecstasy – located somewhere between the search for pleasure and the inherently destructive powers of capitalism.

Matti Harju has screened work at the Rotterdam, Locarno, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Torino, BFI London, Edinburgh, AFI FEST Los Angeles and Clermont-Ferrand film festivals among others. He studied film directing at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the UK and holds an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

Short Waves Festival, November 14–19, 2023, Poznań, Poland

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