Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival is an interdisciplinary four-day art event organized every year on the lakeside of Saimaa. The programme of the festival explores the overlapping borders of environmental issues and art.
The title Green Matters refers to filamentous green algae which is growing excessively in the Baltic Sea. Green Matters approaches eutrophication from a new perspective. Considering the enormous importance green algae had in the evolution of flora and fauna, its importance as an essential source of oxygen, and its energeticand nutritional values, it truly deserves our respect. Moreover, we can be fascinated by its beauty, when observed in its underwater surroundings. Mia Mäkelä studied green algae and their possible use applying traditional rug-making techniques. Her project aims to help the eutrophicated Baltic Sea by foraging algae and putting them to good use.
A lighting struck Markku Mäkinen’s childhood home. A fireball burst from the radio and hurled out of the window. That instant Markku’s life was changed. In the brightness of the lightning, the invisible creatures in the room were revealed to him. Mäkinen says that the world was opened to him and he started to see things others could not. Since then the child played only with elves and fairies. As a youth, he escaped the narrow-minded world into a small wilderness cabin and lived in seclusion for years. Mäkinen’s relationship with nature is still atypically intensive. When the film was shot, he left to the wilderness, wishing to submerge in the northern forests that have sense of neither time nor place. The journey will take at least a year, and his return is uncertain. Mäkisen’s perspective conflicts with the demands of the rational world. The film makes a comparison between Markku Mäkinen’s struggle to keep his own view and the fate of painter Oscar Parviainen (1880–1938).
Rölli builds a television and founds a club.
A young squirrel keen on rock’n’roll, American cars and skateboarding is unable to carry on the time-honoured traditions of his family and dressing up as a flying squirrel to protect the home woods.
Animal Image is a poetic documentary about the infinite relationship between man and animal. In the film, animals are portrayed totally independent from man made narratives, exposed to life and the presence of time without anthropomorphic view.
The movie is built around Jazz-musician Verneri Pohjola’s and percussionist Mika Kallio’s original score.