Carte Blanche: Ulla Heikkilä 

Worlds that flow over their edges 

The short film has been a difficult art form to me, because first and foremost I like epics. I love stories that are full of people and that span decades or centuries. The stories of all kinds of tribes and nations are my thing and it’s pretty hard to fit them in the lenght of a short film! The requirement of encapsulation imposed on a short film has seemed challenging, above all as a filmmaker, but sometimes also as a viewer.

For this screening I found myself choosing films that grow three-dimensional and build worlds that seem to flow over their edges. These films do not close themselves but their realities seem to continue beyond their own boundaries. Watching the films comes with the feeling that there is an endless number of lives and moments beneath their surface, a small portion of which we have chosen to see.

In films, I am increasingly interested in a certain kind of impulsiveness. The documentary Untitled (Burned Rubber on Asphalt, 2018) has a long episode in which one of the protagonists of the film looks for willow grouse in a bush. I saw an editorial version of the film before it was completed, and I opposed that scene then because it wasn’t really related to anything. Today I disagree with myself. After all, those willow grouses are related to something, and that something feels important, even though I don’t know what it is.

Ulla Heikkilä

Untitled (Burned Rubber on Asphalt, 2018)

In a remote Norwegian village the weaving roads have become the subject of controversy. Assuming the role of detective, the documentary investigates the bewildering phenomena of car skid marks and their mysterious appearance. Winding, looping, curving, the hypnotising patterns reveal unexpected frictions in the village. Some brand the skid marks as an irresponsible and dangerous act, while others view the mesmerizing marks as a form of art.

Director: Tinja Ruusuvuori
Country: Finland, Norway
Year: 2019
Duration: 20 min
Producer: Marja Pihlaja

23 year old Zoë ought to be wild and free but she’s already got four kids. Wasp takes place on a day when Zoë is broke and her kids are hungry. When Dave, an old flame swings by with the offer of brief release she lies about being a mum and leaves her kids outside the pub. Nearby late summer wasps are hunting for food around an old rubbish bin.

Director: Andrea Arnold
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2003
Duration: 25 min
The Burden

An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones. The story is divided into four episodes that takes place in a supermarket, a long term hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant. All of the settings are located in a modern, generic market place next to a large freeway.

Orig. title: Min börda
Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Country: Sweden
Year: 2017
Duration: 13 min
Producer: Kalle Wettre
Women & Wine

Turid is attending her friend’s fifty years anniversary. During the party she comes to realize she is no longer amongst her closest. Thus Turid starts a game to make her mark, and the party turns out to involve much more than singing and cava.

Orig. title: Kvinner & Cava
Director: Liv Karin Dahlstrøm
Country: Norway
Year: 2016
Duration: 22 min
The Ceiling

In the midst of divorce, Olavi retreats to his summer cottage only to find that the ceiling has mysteriously come down.

Director: Teppo Airaksinen
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 15 min
Producer: John Lundsten