Nabb+Teeri is an artist collective that has worked together since 2008. Janne Nabb and Maria Teeri has studied art in Liminka and Kankaanpää, after which they graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2011. At the moment they work and live in Helsinki and Ylimarkku in Närpiö, Finland. Their recent exhibitions are mesh /mɛʃ/ in the Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA in 2015 and Tuntemattomien juhlien jäänteen (Remnants of the Uknown Parties) in Tampere Art Museum and the Aboa Vetus Ars Nova Museum in Turku in 2014. At the festival we will see their new videowork Blind Spot.
Sat 26.11. / 22:00 / Annis, Main Theatre
In the night, after saturday’s screenings, a music club will appear at the venue. Its stage will be taken over by Kehittymättömät Ufot and Sink who will bring forth e.g. outer space, inner journeys and throbbing walls of sound.
Kehittymättömät Ufot’s (“The Undeveloped Flying Objects”) background is in an eponymous comic book by Jyrki Nissinen. It’s an original combination of science fiction and a coming-of-age story. Janne Westerlund (Plain Ride, Circle, Sweetheart…) wrote a soundtrack/audioplay record for the comic book which results in a unique combination. On stage Kehittymättömät Ufot includes elements of a gig, play and performance.
“Black wall of sound.
Throbbing sonic womb.
Infinite drone ritual.”
Sink has for far over a decade gone through the barriers between genres. Sink has researched on its records sonic paths between black metal, noise, ambient, neoclassical and avantgarde, and with the album Ark of Contempt and Age (released summer 2016) the band has renewed its sound towards more complex weave of sound, melody and rhythm. On the stage Sink offers every time a unique and unforgettable trance with mutilated versions of their songs accompanied by different line-ups and instrumentations.
As the second foreign festival guest we introduce the Croatian visual artist and filmmaker Veljko Vidak. He will arrive to the festival with the French screenwriter Emmanuelle Felce to present their film Kasetti, that was shot in Finland and will now get its Finnish premiere in Pori. In the film a young woman from Ukraine arrives to meet her father for the first time in her life. Guided by an audio message recorded 28 years earlier by the one who has abandoned her, she goes to the only address she knows, in the old port of Helsinki. Vidak’s background in visual arts can be seen in the painterly style of Kasetti. Vidak has also worked as the artistic director of the Subversive film festival in Zagreb.
We will also have a couple of foreign guests at the festival! First we would like to introduce Daniel Mikolajčák, who will arrive from Slovakia to Pori to present his work The World of Prosperity. Mikolajčák has studied architecture (in its material analogue form) in Vienna, but by the process of creating The World of Prosperity, he got more interested on the freedom of virtual architecture and the interaction of digital and analogue space. “I would like to think that once digital image hits the walls of a room, space is created and digital becomes analogue.“ The film will be shown in a screening that starts on Friday the 25th of November at 9 pm at Annis.
Sat 26.11. 2016 / 17:30 / Annis, main theatre
HIGH-RISE / Ben Wheatley / 2015 / United Kingdom / 119 min
High-Rise is a dystopian science fiction movie that is based on the novel of the same name by J. G. Ballard. The film is set in luxurious tower block where the main character, Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), has moved in. The upper echelons of society live in the top floors, while more common people live in the lower ones. Laing is enjoying the modern conveniences of the tower block among others until its infrastructure begins to fail and chaos begins to reign.
Sun 27.11.2016 / 14:15 / Annis, main theatre
DEAD SLOW AHEAD / Mauro Herce / 2015 / Spain/France / 76 min
In tagalog, with english subtitles
A freighter crosses the ocean. The hypnotic rhythm of its pace reveals the continuous movement of the machinery devouring its workers: the old sailor’s gestures disappearing under the mechanical and impersonal pulse of the 21st century. Perhaps it is a boat adrift, or maybe just the last example of an endangered species with engines still running, unstoppable.
“We wanted to make a documentary about life at sea as if it were a science fiction movie in space. Because it is no longer about how we imagine a ship of the future and how life on it might be; it’s about showing how this future, anticipated many times in fiction, is already happening today.
We imagined that we were filming the last ship of mankind; a ship where the crew has not realized that the world has come to an end and continues to perform mechanical actions, subordinated to the needs of this floating steel monster which they keep feeding up to unconsciousness. Dead Slow Ahead is the portrayal of this very contemporary nightmare, with no intention however to condemn it nor to provide a sociological pamphlet. The aim is a different one, it’s about capturing the most primitive and essential images of this universe: the forge where man becomes smaller in the face of a sentence that the exceeding and overwhelming machinery imposes on him. The machinery never rests”
Thu 24.11.2015 / 18:00 / Finnkino
ENDLESS POETRY / POESÍA SIN FIN / Alejandro Jodorowsky / 2016 / Chile/France / 128 min
In Spanish, English subtitles
Endless Poetry is director’s cinematic memoir that is an independent continuation to The Dance of Reality which was released two years ago. Endless Poetry portrays Alejandro Jodorowsky’s young adulthood in which he decides to become a poet against the will of his family. He is introduced in the inner circle of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde of the time. Totally immersed in this world of poetic experimentation, they live together freely, sensually, madly. Endless poetry is a warm autobiographical movie that is charming even when filled with the most surreal things.
Jodorowsky’s life shows him to be an accomplished and versatile artist in a variety of disciplines: film director, but also actor, dramaturge, poet, essayist, author of comic strips and mime as well. Fascinated with esotericism, he practices psychomagic and reads the tarot, and uses these skills in his Art. Jodorowsky’s life and art has been driven by the will to bring about a true artistic revolution, exploding convention and demolishing barriers between genres. His career as an artist is followed by the endeavor to abolish the barrier between auteur cinema and blockbuster movies, between art and life, between magic and reality. (Based on a text by Philippe Rouyer)
We 23.11.2016 / 16:00 / Finnkino
TECTONIC PLATE / Mika Taanila / 2016 / Finland / 74 min
Director in attendance
(in co-operation with the Cultural Office of the City of Pori / Kinokellari)
A camera-less lettrist film about fear of flying, security checks and time zones. After returning from a trip to Tokyo, the nameless protagonist is inexplicably stuck at a hotel nearby the Helsinki airport., recovering from jet-lag before the next flight.
The film made totally without a camera is based on text by Harry Salmenniemi. Episodes of text and of moving image alternate in the narration of this dualistic work. Our protagonist’s observations are constantly changing; the mind wanders from one subject and content to another.Mannerlaatta moves back and forth between the coherent subject of first-person poetry and the poetry shifting towards the materiality of experimental language. The work includes both extremely beautiful, lyrical moments as well as monotonous masses of text. The techniques used for the moving images are photocopying directly onto clear 35mm film and darkroom exposure of 35mm film negative without a camera (photogram).The music is composed by Mika Vainio.
The movie includes some scenes with flickering light.
Mika Taanila is Helsinki based filmmaker / visual artist. His work has been shown on various international forums, both in galleries and film theaters. In Taanila’s opinion, the most exciting form of art is music. Selected filmography: the Return of the Atom (2015, dir. together with Jussi Eerola), SSEENNSSEESS (2013, together with Circle), My Silence (2013), Six day run (2013), Optical soundi (2005), The future is not what it used to be (2002), RoboCup99 (2000), Futuro – a new stancefor tomorrow (1998)
Nearly 600 films were submitted through the open call, so also this year we have plenty of films to choose from. Thank you for all the filmmakers and distributors!
We’ll contact the filmmakers of selected short films no later than 17.10.
The program will be published in the beginning of November.