Giant was filmed at the famous, Romanian, Communist-era gymnastics schools of Onesti and Deva where people still train fanatically. Top young gymnasts talk about their love of the sport, their fears and dreams. The combination with archival material from the 1970s onwards reveals links between the photogenic sport and the severe, modernist architecture of the sports centres.
architecture and urban space, artistic gymnastics, boarding schools, children (age groups), Communism, dictatorship, discipline, girls, Romania, schools (educational institutions), sports, young people
Salla Tykkä (Author), Samuli Saastamoinen (Cinematographer), Salla Tykkä (Director), Salla Tykkä (Editor), Salla Tykkä (Script), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), BALTIC Centre for Contemorary Arts (Funder), Janne Jankeri (Sound)
Salla Tykkä lives and works in Helsinki. She has been working with photography, video and film since 1996. Her work mainly deals with audiovisual memory and the power structures within the everyday visual narratives. Her works have been seen in various solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Tykkä’s films have also been shown at international film festivals. Her short film Giant won the Canon Tiger Award for Short Film at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014. Tykkä received the AVEK Award for Media Art in 2016.