“Gift” is a cinematic portrait of a woman who travels to the edge of the world. The story focuses on themes of otherness and distance in contrast to everyday life in a village community.
Fanni Niemi-Junkola (Author), Pini Hellstedt (Cinematographer), Sami Sänpäkkilä (Composer), Fanni Niemi-Junkola (Director), Jenny Tervakari (Editor), Fanni Niemi-Junkola (Producer), Pauliina Ståhlberg (Assistant Director), Tommi Moilanen (Camera Assistant), Inka Ruohela, Generator Post (Color Grading), Edelh Ingebrigtsen (Location Manager), Jyri Rahkonen (Sound Design)
Fanni Niemi-Junkola graduated with MFA degree from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1995. The starting point for her artistic work is both visual and political. She explores power relations in social communication within everyday life. Niemi-Junkola's video works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Finland and internationally i.e. Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma, Helsinki (2019-20, 2009, 1998) Cultural Centre of Belgrade (2013), Forum Box, Helsinki (2011), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2006), White Box, New York (2005), 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2000) and Manifesta 2 (1998). Her short films have been shown in various international festivals. Niemi-Junkola worked as a Professor of Time and Space Arts at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2001–02 and she is currently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Tampere University of Applied Sciences.