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Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s film The Annunciation (Marian ilmestys), which will be seen as part of the Nordic Exports theme at HIFF, will be screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art MoMA in September. The film draws its inspiration from the Gospel of Luke and paintings of the Annunciation, and is compiled of documentary shots of the filming as well as the actual filmed material. The Annunciation is created by a collaboration of amateur  and professional actors.

Ahtila’s film is screened at MoMA as part of the Provoking Reality project organized by the Oberhausen Short Film Festival to honour the 50th anniversary of the Oberhausen Manifesto. A group of young German filmmakers signed the Oberhausen Manifesto at the festival in 1962, in which they vowed to develop a new, freer German feature film.

The Annunciation won the Arte Prize for European Film at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival in 2012. The film will be screened at MoMA on September 29th at 7pm.