Finnish short films at Nordic Nights
A selection of short films from Finland
Honorary Consulate of Finland in Toronto, Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto,
Short film has a strong following in Finland and although regularly part of film festival fare, the most prominent short film program and awards takes place at the Tampere Film Festival(layout.types.url.description) every March.
Since 2013 Finns have also enthusiastically celebrated the International Short Film Day which takes place around the world on Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
This Nordic Nights screening aims to provide a snapshot of the short film scene in Finland.
Screening over zoom, free admission, registration required(layout.types.url.description).
On the playbill:
They Go Gentle Into That Night Work(layout.types.url.description) (Yötyön Zen) by Soile Mottisenkangas (2020, 11m02s)
A documentary tribute to the serenity of the night shift for a mail carrier, a plate rolling operator, and a train driver.
Please Leave a Message After the Tone(layout.types.url.description) (Voitte jättää viestin äänimerkin jälkeen) by Risto-Pekka Blom(layout.types.url.description) (2021, 11m)
An experimental look at human disconnection in today’s society.
The unique Icelandic landscapes are a backdrop to a poem by the artist.
Evolution in standstill(layout.types.url.description) (Pysähdyksen muutos) by Petteri Cederberg (layout.types.url.description)(2021, 5m25s)
An animated look at the effects of isolation and forced standstill. Cederberg’s work Median Life and/or Death(layout.types.url.description) was seen at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) and in competition at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2020.
The universal language of soccer unites artist and children of illegal immigrants in Rome.
Winner of the Finnish national film award, the Jussi for best short film in 2021. It had its international premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
A wish to do good is only the beginning in the making of a superhero…
Heinola by Aleksi Mäkelä(layout.types.url.description) (2021, 7m34s)
A gentle tribute to a young boy’s endless summers on the lake with grandad.
An artist with a stutter explains his worldview and his relationship to arts.
Stick (Keppi), also by Airaksinen, was seen at last year’s Nordic Nights Finnish Shorts programme. Multitalented Airaksinen is at home in almost any genre of moving image and his latest feature was a foray to Hollywood. His teen comedy Supercool was filmed in Alabama and has just opened in theatres in Finland.
The Blanket is set in the late 1930’s in Helsinki. Little Marja is tasked with skiing to the city from the archipelago to get milk for her baby brother.