Prophet

Veli Granö

A lighting struck Markku Mäkinen's childhood home. A fireball burst from the radio and hurled out of the window. That instant Markku's life was changed. In the brightness of the lightning, the invisible creatures in the room were revealed to him. Mäkinen says that the world was opened to him and he started to see things others could not. Since then the child played only with elves and fairies. As a youth, he escaped the narrow-minded world into a small wilderness cabin and lived in seclusion for years. Mäkinen's relationship with nature is still atypically intensive. When the film was shot, he left to the wilderness, wishing to submerge in the northern forests that have sense of neither time nor place. The journey will take at least a year, and his return is uncertain. Mäkisen's perspective conflicts with the demands of the rational world. The film makes a comparison between Markku Mäkinen's struggle to keep his own view and the fate of painter Oscar Parviainen (1880–1938).

Production Year
2011
Duration
00:22:55
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Profeetta
Finnish Title
Profeetta
English Title
Prophet
Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Yes
Cast
Veli Granö (Author), Rued Laggaard (Composer), Veli Granö (Director), Veli Granö (Editor), Veli Granö (Script), Hiski Salo (Actor), Markku Mäkinen (Actor), Milja Viita (Actor), Veli Granö (Camera), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Funder), Veli Granö (Sound)
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Veli Granö is an internationally acclaimed and esteemed Finnish contemporary artists. Granö works with photography, installation and film. He has studied at Pori Art School in 1976–78 and Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts in 1983–86. He has worked as a teacher at the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts, Aalto University of Art and Design, and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, where he has also worked as a professor in Time and Space Arts in 2011 and 2014. In his art, Granö has often explored the theme of alternative realities. His works have been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibition, biennales and festivals Finland, Europe and USA since 1983.