Films

#1

Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons)

2015 | 43 min | B/W | DCP | 1:1
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Screenplay, directors, drawings:
IC-98 (Patrik Söderlund & Visa Suonpää)
Animator: Markus Lepistö
Assistant animator: Leo Liesvirta
Original score: Max Savikangas

Commissioned by Frame Visual Art Finland for the 56th
International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, 2015.

Synopsis In a twilight world long after the age of man, a twisted ecosystem centered around an overgrown fruit tree undergoes parasitic and geological transformations as hours, years and aeons pass. Realised in Söderlund’s and Suonpää’s signature combination of traditional drawing and subtle digital effects, Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons) is a poetic meditation on the Anthropocene. It’s a work about the containment of ecological disasters in general, and about repositories for used nuclear fuel in particular (the case in point being Onkalo at Olkiluoto, Finland).

About the directors IC-98 (originally Iconoclast, founded in 1998) is an artist duo comprising Visa Suonpää (b. 1968) and Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974). IC-98 projects take the form of installations combining research, text, drawing and animation. They are best known for their animated film installations, which combine classical drawing and digital effects, often depicting landscapes shaped by interlaced forces of nature and technology, navigation and exploitation, climate and migration.

Screenings | Festivals
Cinema premiere at Sundance Film Festival, January 2016.

#2

Mannerlaatta (english title: Tectonic Plate)

2016 | 74 min | B/W | DCP | 1:1,85
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Director: Mika Taanila
Text: Harry Salmenniemi
English translation: Lola Rogers
Music: Mika Vainio
Graphic design: Markus Pyörälä
Sound design: Olli Huhtanen
Producer: Jussi Eerola

Synopsis A camera-less lettrist film about the fear of flying, security checks and time zones. After returning from a trip to Tokyo, the nameless protagonist is inexplicably stuck at a hotel near the Helsinki airport. With multi-tasking, the attention and activity of the individual are divided into several directions at once. The use of various technical devices slivers the time management and modifies the jetlagged consciousness.

About the director Mika Taanila (b. 1965) is a film-maker / visual artist based in Helsinki. Taanila’s films have been screened at several international film festivals, such as Toronto TIFF, IFFR Rotterdam, the Karlovy-Vary Film Festival, IDFA Amsterdam, Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage and CPH:DOX. Major international group shows include the Aichi Triennale (2013) and Kassel Documenta (2012). In May 2015 Taanila received The Ars Fennica Award.

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Upcoming titles

#3

Blue Honda Civic

short, 2016

A minimalistic road movie by Jussi Eerola & Martti Jämsä.

#4

The Kingdom of Birds

feature, 2017, dir. IC-98

Believing himself to be the sole survivor of an apocalypse Humanity deserved, a reclusive fisherman lives through his last day on Earth, preparing the scene for other species to thrive. After finding a half dead youth on the river, he needs to make a decision.