Milja Viita’s Q (2016) and Maria Ångerman’s The Dead Walk Side by Side with the Living (2016) are screened in the international competition of the international film festival Signes de Nuit, Paris. The ongoing edition of the traveling film festival is held in Paris from October 5–15. Both films are included in the “Cinéma Transgressif” competition.
Q is a conceptual film about forces that change the world. The artist’s firstborn son transformed, in the blink of an eye, into a young man. Q takes us to the end of the worlds, the depths of the ocean and to the ruins of Atlantis. Q’s destruction is the road to new growth — it is the only promise of continuity and the emergence of new nations. Q is shot on 16 mm film whose surface has been hand-coloured. But what or who is Q?
Milja Viita‘s installations and films consist of experimental and documentary elements. Her works have been exhibited in e.g. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Mänttä Art Festival and in film and media art festivals internationally. Milja Viita lives and works in Porvoo, Finland. She graduated with MFA degree in Time and Space Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2005.
The screenings of Maria Ångerman’s The Dead Walk Side by Side With the Living are programmed for Monday, October 9 at 22:00 in Maison du Mexique and for Wednesday, October 11 at 22:00 in Maison du Japon, both at Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.
Inspired by Margaret Duras’ play Agatha, juxtaposing images of humans to those of animals, Ångerman’s film is a cinematic meditation on loss of control. Built around three disparate scenes, it sets up a sense of disorientation to heighten the possibility of inhabiting a different perspective.
Maria Ångerman‘s work encompasses a range of media, from drawing and animation to participative projects, but has recently focused mainly on film. Central to this body of work is a sensitivity to personal engagement and the fragility of intimate moments in alienating public environments. In 2014 she obtained an MA at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Previously she worked several years in Barcelona, where she exhibited extensively. Her work has also been shown mainly in northern Europe as well as in Brazil and Turkey. Currently Ångerman is based in Berlin and Vaasa.
International Film Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, 5.–15.10.2017
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