A Letter from Elli

Elina Saloranta

The video is based on a letter written by the Finnish singer Elli Forssell-Rozentāle in August 1909. By its structure, the letter is an appeal for help, and since it begins with the words “Dear People”, it can be seen as being addressed to the whole of humanity. The aim is to get viewers to reply to Elli in their minds, to join her in seeking “some source of light”. 

Production Year
2019
Duration
00:06:05
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Kirje Elliltä
English Title

A Letter from Elli

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Elina Saloranta (Author), Elina Saloranta (Cinematographer), Elina Saloranta (Director), Elina Saloranta (Editor), Elina Saloranta (Producer), Elina Saloranta (Script), Tatu Virtamo (Sound Design), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), TAIKE (Funder), Elina Saloranta (Voice Over)
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Elina Saloranta

Born: 1968

Elina Saloranta is a Helsinki-based artist, who works mainly with the moving image. In her doctoral thesis Genre pictures and experiments in writing, she explored the interaction between image, word and sound, and in her postdoc research she engages in correspondence with the past. Saloranta is also known for her photographic work Nun, which was shown in the ARS 2011 exhibition in Kiasma. She studied film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 2001), and her video pieces have been shown in festivals like Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival, Love & Anarchy (Helsinki International Film Festival) and Oberhausen Film Festival (2006).