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Saturday, November 26, 20:00, ERARTA

Program 3: Dance Films from Finland
Q&A with Hanna Pajala-Assefa, the Artistic Director of Loikka Dance Film Festival (Helsinki)

For the last 15 years, Hanna Pajala-Assefa has been working as a choreographer, dancer, and producer. To realize her artistic endeavors, she co-founded a company MAD Production which also curates Loikka Dance Film Festival in Helsinki. Hanna’s work has been supported by the multi-year grants from the Dance Council of Finland and Finnish Cultural Foundation.

"Kotka (The Eagle)" (7 minutes, 1962, Finland)
dir. Eino Ruutsalo
chor. Riitta Vainio
music. Otto Donner

The film is a masterpiece by the pioneer of Finnish experimental film Eino Ruutsalo and legendary Finnish dancer Riitta Vainio. Poignant, touching and symbolic, it is truly a dance film classic.


"The Artist" (12 minutes, 2010, Finland)
dir. Esa Illi
perf. Marc Gassot

Young performance artist Marc arrives in North full of anticipation. He soon finds out that October weather and Northern people are relatively cold.

Marc tries his best, but there is not a single laughter heard in the streets. Marc starts to lose his faith –


"365 Days - Reijo Kela video-dairy" (18 minutes, 2006, Finland)
dir./chor. Reijo Kela

“At the end of Millennium, I felt like making a little dance every day and recording it with my video camera. I organized this filmed material into a series of images, which travel within the frame from right to left, continuing the following day wherever I was. The reality dramatically altered my plans.” - Reijo Kela

"An Ant" (23 minutes, 2010, Finland)
dir./chor. Kimmo Alakunnas

An Ant tells the story of a workaholic whose sense of reality is blurring. It becomes impossible for him to return from the imaginary worlds to reality.

"North Horizon" (14 minutes, 2009, Finland)
dir./chor. Thomas Freundlich and Valtteri Raekallio

Spitsbergen, Svalbard is a silent world of wind, waves and ice. The abandoned villages stand here, at the edge of the northern ocean, housing forgotten dreams and the wordless tales of the unknown departed. The film explores these images through the enormous contrasts of scale between the moving human body and the seemingly still, boundless Arctic landscape. It is a unique artistic and environmental journey from the far edge of the world.

"Death of an insect" (7 minutes, 2010, Finland)
dir: Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen
music: Joonatan Portaankorva

In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing, and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die. This tragic story was constructed out of the dead insects gathered from forgotten attics and tool sheds, between window panels and cobwebs. It combines a number of animated techniques from stop-animation to 3-D modeling of x-ray CT-scanned insects –


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