International dance films at Cinemateket

21.4.2015 by

Winners of the international dance film competition 60secondsdance will be announced on Friday the 24th of April. This year three Finnish films made it to the finals.

60secondsdance is an international online competition for dance films. The competition is an open call competition. Dance films of all genres are welcome, as long as they do not exceed 60 seconds in length. 272 films from 49 different countries submitted to the competition this year.

The competition is co-produced by three partners, Finnish Loikka Dance Film Festival, Danish Dansehallerne/ScreenMoves and Swedish ScreenDance Festival. Each country has a jury consisting of professionals from the film and dance industry. The jury in each country chooses their top ten films for the finals, and selects a national winner for each country. Each submitted film therefore has the chance to win three times. The jurys also selects a mutual top 30 list.

The favourites of the Finnish jury was announced during the Loikka festival in March.

On Friday the winner according to the Danish jury will be awarded at Cinemateket. All Danish top ten films, including the Finnish submissions ”Passage” and ”Bodylanguage Consult” and ”Jump”, will be shown at the prize ceremony. The screening is followed by a reception at the Asta Bar at Cinemateket. 

The third and final event in this years competition will be at the ScreenDance Festival in Stockholm on April 29th. 

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”Passage” Foto: Maria Oinonen

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”Bodylanguage Consult” Foto: Kim Saarinen

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”Jump” Foto: Taneli Törmä og Jan Vesala

The 2015 Danish finalists:

Breakadventure (DE) – Igor Krasik

Dissection (FR) – Jérémy Tran/Paul Girard

Passage (FI) – Maria Oinonen

Fragile (CH) – Flurina Roethlin

And even then we’ll still pretend (DK) – Kasper Nybo/Shuli Nordbek Azoulay/Gunilla Lind

Bodylanguage Consult (FI) – Kim Saarinen/Johanna Keinänen

Eadweard Muybridge. A Ballet in Five Movements, Movement One (UK) – Edward Rose/Nick Reynolds

Nashima (US) – Chelsea Hunter

Jump (DK) – Taneli Törmä/Jan Vesala

Turning (around) (MX) – Hayde Lachino

All films can be seen here.

Find more information about the screening on Friday on Facebook. Tickets can be purchased from Cinemateket.

What is Foley?

30.3.2015 by

Finnish Foley artist Heikki Kossi is visiting the CPH PIX festival. During a live workshop with a following debate, he will share his view on the importance of sound.

Foley sound is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film in post-production to enhance audio quality. Foley effects include sounds such as footsteps, clothes rustling, paper folding, doors opening and slamming, punches hitting, glass breaking, etc.

The best Foley art is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience, but without these background noises the movies would feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable.

Heikki Kossi is one of the most renowned Foley artists in the world. He has worked with more than 200 movies.

In a workshop on the 10th of April you have a chance to see the master in action. Kossi will produce Foley sounds in front of the audience, using scenes from the recent Danish movie Idealisten as case.

The event is free and followed by a party in Cinemateket’s Asta Bar.

Read more about the event here.

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Finnish action on CPH PIX

30.3.2015 by

Finnish-British co-production Big Game is one of the must-sees at this year’s CPH PIX film festival that starts on the 9th of April. Big Game is screening on Monday the 13th.

On the day before he becomes a teenager, young Oskari must head into the woods to prove himself a man. He has to survive the night and, most importantly, kill a beast. But Oskari ends up saving the life of the President of the United States, and the story goes from there.

The movie Big Game by Finnish director Jalmari Helander got its premier at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014 and has been getting good reviews since. The main star is the American actor Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the President of the United States, but more extraordinary is the work done by 15-year old Onni Tommila, who plays the lead role of Oskari. The movie was mostly shot in the Bavarian Alps, standing in for Finland, and has been praised for the jaw-dropping visuals.

Director Jalmari Helander is known for his previous action movie Rare Exports, also starring young Tommila. The movie got much attention when it was released in 2010, and was amongst the most watched movies in Finland during that year. The story is about Finnish heroes hunting for the evil Santa Claus.

Big Game is screening on Monday 13th of April. Tickets can be purchased on Cphpix.dk.

See the official trailer here.

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Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang = Liima

24.3.2015 by

Danish band Efterklang is collaborating with Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö. The new band, Liima, will play in Copenhagen on March 26th.

The project Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang became the band Liima (Finnish word for glue) after a successful debute at Our Festival in July 2014. Since then, the experimental quartet has been working on new material in Berlin.

Finlands Tatu Rönkkö is arguably one of the most renowned percussionists in Finland. He is active in various bands, among others the punk-jazz trio Elifantree that won the Young Nordic Jazz Comets in 2007.

Efterklang is a Danish band based in Copenhagen and Berlin. It consists of childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stoltberg. Efterklang has released four acclaimed albums: Tripper (2004), Parades (2007), Magic Chairs (2010) and Pyramida (2012). The band is signed to British label 4AD. Besides Efterklang and Liima, Brauer, Clausen and Stoltberg also run the webshop Rumraket where they sell music, clothes and crispbread.

Liima is playing at the Jazzhouse in Copenhagen on Thursday the 26th of March.

Finnish artists in group exhibition at Den Frie

13.3.2015 by

Artist Tanja Koljonen is part of the experimental exhibition Notes on Location at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art. The exhibition opens on the 13th of March.

Notes on Location is an exhibition with several Nordic artists who all have a conceptual and experimental approach to the relation between visual material, language and text. All the artworks are inspired by literature and language, but manifested in different ways, e.g. as sound, photography and sculpture.

Finlands Tanja Koljonen (1981) seeks to explore the relation between the textual and the visual. She uses random materials, such as old photographs or book pages in her works, which aim to disturb the rational order of things. Cia Rinne (1973), who was born in Gothenburg to Finnish parents, is known for her multilingual texts, in which she includes graphic elements like boxes, drawings and multiple-choice questions.

Apart from Koljonen and Rinne, the exhibition also includes works by Amalie Smith (DK), Anngjerd Rustand (NO), Kasper Hesselbjerg (DK), Tove Storch (DK) and Nanna Debois Buhl (DK).

In addition to the exhibition there will be an online publication focusing on the relationship between words, picture and literature. The audience can also take part in a symposium given in cooperation with the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts on the 19th and 20th of March.

The opening of the exhibition is on Friday the 13th of March at 5pm.