National Competition 5 

Abandoned Land

Abandoned Land uses Finland as an allegory to approach recent changes of the European infrastructure and society with images, prosaic narration and music. Before the depicted environment was abandoned it had grown to meet the demands of its society. Now useless, the video observes and documents the changes in our time from the reconstruction after world war II to present time.

Director: Simo Saarikoski
Production: Simo Saarikoski
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 12 min
Screenplay: Simo Saarikoski
Cinematography: Simo Saarikoski
Editing: Simo Saarikoski
Sound: Simo Saarikoski
Music: Simo Saarikoski

A fractured melodrama, based on damaged frames from the last minutes of the only remaining nitrate reel of the lost feature film Silja – Fallen Asleep When Young (1937) directed by Teuvo Tulio.

Director: Sami Van Ingen
Production: Mika Taanila, Jussi Eerola / Elokuvayhtiö Testifilmi
Country: Finland
Year: 2018
Duration: 15 min
Sound: Olli Huhtanen
Music: Henri Lindström

Siblings who are living in a small town abduct a man and take him to a summer cottage by a lake. Is it because of revenge or is there something else going on? This action initiates the story which progresses between two parallel timelines. The secret is revealed bit by bit.

Director: Kimmo Leed
Starring: Fanni Suomi, Onni Tommila, Jari Virman, Jouko Puolanto
Production: Juha Löppönen / Mouka Filmi
Country: Finland
Year: 2018
Duration: 14 min
Screenplay: Kimmo Leed
Cinematography: Jarkko T. Laine
Editing: Otto Heikola
Sound: Antti Haikonen
Music: Tempo Music
Planet Z – Surprise Egg

Tora, a two-mouthed tigerlike creature runs into Pinki who seems to think Tora is its mother.

Director: Maria Björklund
Production: Terhi Väänänen / Pyjama Films
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 7 min
Screenplay: Maria Björklund
Editing: Elli Vuorinen
Sound: Jani Lehti
Music: Tatu Metsätähti
The Spark

Raimo (65) takes his date Birgitta (63) to a summer place which is already set for the winter.
While Birgitta flirts and plays, Raimo seems to have an underlying agenda for the visit.

Director: Anastasia Lobkovski
Starring: Cris af Enehielm, Tomi Salmela, Riitta Ryhtä
Production: Veera Leino, Anastasia Lobkovski, Anna Lappalainen / ELO Film School Finland
Country: Finland
Year: 2018
Duration: 10 min
Screenplay: Anna Lappalainen, Anastasia Lobkovski
Cinematography: Jarmo Kiuru
Editing: Jussi Rautaniemi
Sound: Lotta Mäki
Waste no.1 Money

Inflation has resulted in the Zimbabwe dollar completely losing its value. Banknotes are literally recyclable goods, turned into tablecloths and lampshades, for example. In the Harare slums, which are rife with crime, valuable US dollar banknotes must be concealed in clothing, which means that the notes quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria.

Director: Jan Ijäs
Starring: Rebecca Clamp
Production: Jan Ijäs
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 17 min
Screenplay: Jan Ijäs
Cinematography: Arttu Peltomaa
Editing: Okku Nuutilainen
Sound: Svante Colerus
We are in a Dream

There is a line of men chasing us through a city where we can’t run. The escape is gruelling, our feet are wet and we drown deeper. We are not afraid, we have seen this before. This film is based on personal recordings of people narrating their recurring dreams.

Director: Henna Välkky, Eesu Lehtola
Production: Henna Välkky / Silent Paprika Films
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 7 min
Screenplay: Henna Välkky
Cinematography: Simo Pitkänen
Music: Simo Pitkänen