Screenings at Korjaamo Kino
Saturday, 26 May at 16:00 and 21:00
Lothar Baumgarten, Der Ursprung der Nacht (Amazon Cosmos), 1977, 16 mm film DCP, 102′. No dialogue, text in German.
IHME provides a context for the festival themes by presenting a classical work from a pioneering artist. This year we are showing a piece by the German conceptual artist Lothar Baumgarten (b. 1944) Der Ursprung der Nacht (Amazon Cosmos), which was shot in 1973-1977. Baumgarten’s work deals with the clash between nature and culture, Western colonialism and the other. At the beginning of the film, the Tupi people’s creation myth about the origin of the night frames a piece that is otherwise wholly constructed by the rhythm of sound and image. The film is from the point of view of a traveler’s explorative gaze at the world of plants and animals, which creates the illusion of a tropical paradise.
Friday 25 May at 21:15 and Saturday May 26 at 19:00
Marie José Burki, A Film, 2017, 61′ 40”. In English.
The Swiss artist and photographer Marie José Burki investigates how things observed in different ways can be classified and displayed. A Film is a collage of conversations, whose topics flow freely, from climate change and the disappearance of species to the pianist Glenn Gould. The film invites us to dream as landscapes slip by, to curl up in the embrace of the calm wind blowing across the screen. The artist will be present at the screening and will talk with the Festival’s Executive Director Paula Toppila before the film screening.
Saturday 26, May at 17:30
Jan Švankmajer, Insect, 2018, 98′. Subtitles in English.
IHME is proud to present the Finnish premiere of the Czech master of surrealist films Jan Švankmajer’s latest feature-length production. He is known for his animations and short films, one of which, The Garden (1968), has been shown in a previous IHME festival. The 84-year-old director’s final feature-length film Insect is based on a satire written by the Czech Čapek brothers in 1922, in which an attempt to merge humans and insects starts a most remarkable chain of events. The film features actors rehearsing for the Čapek brothers’ play and finding their way into the leading roles as Dung Beetle, Parasite, Larva and Mr and Mrs Cricket. Its somewhat misanthropic perspective is crystallised in Švankmajer’s typically exaggerated sound world, which has a particular focus on orally-generated sounds.