The film critic Neil Young has picked his favourites from the new Finnish documentary films shown on our festival. His choices are Purity and Danger (dir. Elina Talvensaari) and Once I Was a Dragonfly (dir. Elli Toivoniemi (Mediaproduction0509)).
Here are Neil Young’s comments:
“A delightful celebration both of Finnish eccentricity and the delicate wonders of the country’s natural environment, ONCE I WAS A DRAGONFLY (Kesäni sudenkorentona) winningly alternates between archival footage – here filmed by the subject himself over a period of 20 years – and original materials.”
Neil Young writes regularly for example to The Hollywood Reporter and Sight & Sound.
The winner of the Finnish Youth Video Award was announced on Saturday the 10th of December. The ceremony was held in Sokos Hotel President in Helsinki, and Sokos Hotels sponsored the competition. The winner is ‘Speak’ by Noora Tossavainen (Arts Academy 1st year film student), Miikka Lautkoski (Arts Academy 1st year film student), Matias Tanner and Helmi Hytönen (Arts Academy 1st year drama student), with the main prize awarded at 1000€. The video can be seen on the Women’s Line Facebook page.
Couple of weeks ago I had a chance to participate in a Video Mapping Workshop in Viborg Denmark. Here’s my video documentation from the trip.
The workshop was organized by Euranim. It’s an European project that involves 6 animation schools around Europe. The hosting school for this workshop was The Animation Workshop in Viborg Denmark.
Our lead guru to the magical world of Video Mapping was Tamás Zador from Hungary. Also Lasse Andersen from Denmark englightened us with his video mapping works. The wonderful hostess and coordinator Lana Tankosa Nikolic from TAW made us feel wellcomed.
In this workshop there were 13 students participating. We formed 3 groups and each group made 1 minute 52 second long animation. The building Arsenal (in the picture below) was divided to three sections and every group got one section. My group had the left side of the building.
The week was wonderful: exhausting and inspiring. I learned so much. I’m super thankful of the experience. Thank you Euranim and Turku Arts Academy!
“Einari’s childhood could have been like that of any other Finnish boy. His father, Veikko, was an ordinary guy with a job at the local tax office and his mother worked as a radio journalist. Everything changed when Einari was 12 years old. His father experienced enlightenment and announced that he was a messenger between Earth and Outer Space. Henceforth, he could see extraterrestrial beings, contact the afterlife and display supernatural healing abilities. Einari became his father’s apprentice and the entire universe seemed open to them. After all, in a past life they had been brothers in Sirius. Now, 25 years later, Einari confronts his father with his doubts. What really happened back then?
The director Einari Paakkanen graduated with a bachelor of arts from the Turku University of Applied Sciences (Arts Academy), and did his master’s degree in documentary directing in Barcelona. He has made several short films. He often works as a location manager and is also a poet. “My Father From Sirius” is his first feature-length documentary film.” (Warsaw Film Festival)
Variety reviews Selma Vilhunen’s (Alumna Film gradute of 2002) Little Wing at the Toronto International Film Festival:
A tender-hearted coming-of-age story shot in a low-key, realist style, the Finnish drama “Little Wing” centers on a resourceful adolescent raised by an immature single mother who decides to track down her biological father. For her first fiction feature as a director, Selma Vilhunen draws on her documentary background, bringing together the themes of some of her nonfiction work, including “A Day With Dad” and “Pony Girls,” dealing sensitively and intelligently with difficult real-life issues such as bullying, poverty, mental illness, and dysfunctional families, making it a natural for festival programmers and Euro broadcasters. (Variety)
Selma Vilhunen is a Helsinki-based writer and director. She has directed numerous documentary and fiction shorts, including the Academy Award–nominated Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (12), and the feature documentary Song (14). Little Wing (16) is her fiction feature debut. (TIFF)