Mika Taanila’s The World is selected in the International Short Film Competition of Splitski Filmski Festival – International Festival of New Film, held in Split, Croatia from September 9–16. The World will be screened on Friday, September 15 in Programme 5.
The World (2017) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and has been previously screened e.g. at CPH:DOX and Flatpack Festival, UK. Later this September, it will also compete in the Best Nordic Short Film competition of Nordisk Panorama.
The images of The World consist of The Man Who Fell to Earth (dir. Nicolas Roeg 1976) evacuated and flipped. In abandoned landscapes, animals, furniture and empty vehicles are left awaiting for disaster. ”We must have died alone, a long long time ago.” (D.B.)
Mika Taanila (s. 1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with documentaries, experimental film and visual arts. Human engineering, utopias, failures and man-machines are recurring themes in his films and installations. Taanila’s works have been shown at major international group shows, such as Venice Biennale (Nordic Pavilion 2017), Aichi Triennale (2013), dOCUMENTA (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Berlin Biennale (2004), Manifesta (2002) and Istanbul Biennial (2001). Solo shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2013–14), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2013), TENT, Rotterdam (2013) and Galleria Heino, Helsinki (2010). Taanila’s short films have been screened altogether at more than 300 international film festivals and special events. In 2015, Taanila was awarded with the prestigious Ars Fennica Award, the biggest Finnish art award.
Splitski Filmski Festival – International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia, 9.–16.9.2017
More information: Split IFF