AV-arkki will present a distributor’s screening at Oberhausen Short Film Festival, held from May 11–16. AV-arkki’s screening is a compilation of recent short films in distribution and takes place on May 13 at 22:30 in Lichtburg Filmpalast Sunset.
Single-channel HD video with stereo sound. 24,00′
A young Japanese woman arrives to spend a day and night in Helsinki, and goes round by tram photographing buildings by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Her places of pilgrimage are Finlandia Hall, Stora Enso’s Head Office, Aalto’s own home and his studio. This laconically constructed work takes us on a hypnotic journey into the main character’s inner world, and to Aalto’s buildings.
Single – Channel HD video. Stereo. 2,54′
The Princess has fallen asleep in a middle of a tea party. All the guests are also sleeping heavily. They are seated as if they were on a stage. The candles are off. Roses have dried into the vase. Mist flouts around.
Two Channell HD video with stereo sound. 6,28′ (Loop.)
The story is played both by a male and a female actor.
A man / a woman drinks alone at the bar. Suddenly the music stops. Time stops. A ray of light shifts slowly through the room. He / she walks out to the street. He / she runs, falls down, stands up and finally enters back to the same bar and the story begins again.
Single-channel HD video, 2009. Stereo. Shot 16 mm film. 14.20′
Wasteland is a feminist western about ecological activists. Five women gather in early morning to start a long walk in a heated plain. In the afternoon the helicopter starts to follow them. They run to the forest and hide in to the bushes. When the sun sets down they reach the gate of an industrial area and break in.
La Villette, 2009. Single-channel video with stereo sound 07,49′.
La Villette was shot in the La Cité science museum in Paris. In the video we see, reflected on water, an image of the bridge that connects the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie building, designed by Adrian Fainsilber, and the adjacent La Géode film theatre. The framing turns the space between the two buildings into a stage, with a parallel world reflected on the rippling surface of the water. The video consists of a single shot taken with a static camera. The tension in the piece derives from the movement within the image, accentuated by the soundtrack.
Single channel video projection with stereo 5.1 sound. 8,50′. (Loop.)
The fog slowly covers the mountain. There is a sound of wind blowing. Suddenly from behind of the space is heard the sound of loudly speaking people. Then the guide shouts to the megaphone. There is no one in the video image. Eventually the sound of the crowd fades out to the wind. The video is shot at Yellow Mountain in China.