Tectonic Plate

02 November 2016

We 23.11.2016 / 16:00 / Finnkino

TECTONIC PLATE / Mika Taanila / 2016 / Finland / 74 min


In Finnish

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)