14:00 Sami Voices
16:30 The Last Moose of Aoluguya
14:00 Strange North
16:30 The Hammer and Sickle are Sleeping
* Film is admission free and no reservation required. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance.
The Sámi are the indigenous people of Scandinavia, traditionally associated with a nomadic way of life and Reindeer herding. They have also been living in coastal areas, making livelihoods by both land and sea. Today Sámi tradition and language live on in both Finland, Norway and Sweden, but in negotiation with modern life. The films in this program are by young filmmakers, offering both a look back at a history of repression, but also at different Sámi identities of today. Great musicians, among them the eminent Mari Boine, demonstrate how old and new can be fruitfully combined.
Mikkel is a reindeer herder and has the entire responsibility for the herd of his family. He has a tough shell like a sámi bojá should have. But in his inside there is chaos.
Elle Sofe Henriksen, born 1984, is from Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway. Elle Sofe works with dance, choreography and film. Elle is engaged in presenting Sami expressions from an insider’s perspective to a wider audience through dance and film. She has a Masters degree in choreography from Oslo National Academy of the Arts and BA in Dance at the Laban School in London.
O.M.G(OH, MÁIGON GIRL)
Two teenage girls are bored of their village. They want some adventure, the naive Máigon is challenged by her more experienced best friend to debut and she feels the pressure. Meanwhile Máigon dreams of the perfect boy, but he lives far away and it leads them on a fateful hitchhiking trip.
Marja Bål Nango (b.1988) is an Sámi artist and filmmaker from Galgujávri in Norway. Educated at the Nordland College of Art, Film and Film & Television studies in Lillehammer University College and film producing at Sámi University College. During Riddu Riddu Indigenous Festival 2011, she was the young artist of the year, where she had an solo-exhibition of art and her own film program. She has screened her films at a various of film festivals. Her short film for children, Juletrollet (The Christmas Troll) was bought by The Norwegian Film Institute and broadcasted through a short film program for children at cinemas all over Norway in 2012. She is now working on two different film projects with a three year film grant, a documentary project and a longer film script.
A young sámi-girl, Majjen, discover church gentlemen who have arrived in the village to burn their female hats. She hides in fear but is detected by the church gentlemen. She tries to flee and it turns into an intense battle. Majjen wants to keep the hat which she has inherited. Church Lords is convinced that at the tip of the hat sits the devil.
Is a Sami writer, film producer, singer and reindeer hunter from Kautokeino. She has degree in Media production from Finnmark University College. Elle Márjá has directed and written screenplays for several NRK Mánáid TV series. Together with Ken Are Bongo, she directed a music video “Guođohit - To herd” for her own band, which premiered at the Tromsø International Film Festival 2013. She is also the producer of Sami Boy.
SÁPMI SESSIONS is a documentary series about how Sápmi’s most celebrated artist and Sweden’s greatest artist came together. Crossing the borders of musical genres, culture and language, this is a once-in-a-lifetime session where they create one new song together. Coming straight from sold-out world tours and packed schedules, they travel hundreds of miles and meet for the first time in Sápmi. Three days of tears, laughter and magic, and hopefully a new song. Three days, two artists, one new song.
Lisa Marie Kristensen quit college to make the first season of SÁPMI SESSIONS back in 2010, and has been with Sveriges Television since then. She is from Kautokeino but now lives many different places.
ÁHPI - WIDE AS OCEANS
Sofia Jannok is a Sami singer. Her songs combine the traditional Sami joiking with modern electric music win her a well claimed name within world music genre. She sings about the Sápmi land where she comes from and the young people's life and their conflicts with the modern society.
Oskar is a Sámi director that has worked with films in many different genres for more than 10 years. Co-owner of the production company Bautafilm in Northern Sweden.
The Last Moose of Aoluguya
With The Last Moose of Aoluguya , Gu Tao completed his decade’s long research on the dying ethnic minority group living in north China. The Ewenki Trilogy followed the fate of an Ewenki hunter, poet and artist, Wei Jia’s life in the deep woods of Great Xingan Mountains where moose, the mighty, sensitive and majestic animal used to be the king of the forest. With their nature habitat being destroyed, the mosses are very rare to be seen anymore. Wei Jia’s life has followed the traces of the moose. With his hunting gun being confiscated and his land being taken away, he spends most of his days drinking, reciting poems and painting his memories of his lost time.
Gu Tao was born in 1970 in Inner Mongolia, China, at the base of the Great Xingan Mountains on the border between Russia and Mongolia. When he was a child the area was mostly populated by the Ewenkis, China’s northernmost minority living by hunting and herding reindeers. Gu studied art in Huhhot, Inner Mongolian. In 2006 he followed his artist father and travelled back to his hometown to shoot films on the Ewenkis. This triggered his decade’s long research on the fate of the last hunting ethnic group living in China. His films draw our attention to the people living with lost land and missing traditions under the process of modernization. His major films including Lost Mountain (2014), The Last Moose of Aoluguya (2013), Yugo and his Mother (2011). With The last Moose of Aoluguya Gu Tao completed his Ewenkis Trilogy and is now moving on to the large scale research on other ethnic groups living in north China.
This is a very diverse program, with four fiction films addressing everything from the topical issues of sexual identity to a shooting incident. It also ventures into absurd territories, first when seen through the mundane life of a modern couple, and finally through the strange tale of a group of children discovering a stranded porpoise. If these films have something in common, it must be a certain level of transgression and a depiction of young people navigating the world today.
A shy teenage girl Alya lives in a Russian orphanage. She secretly admires her music teacher Svetlana, the only person who is nice to her at school. Alya and Svetlana establish a connection during the singing classes. The moment when Svetlana stands up for Alya in front the principle leads to a surprising event: Alya kisses Svtelana in the lips, causing a radical change in their relationship.
Maria Loyter was born in a Northern Russian town Arkhangelsk. In 2007, she moved to London to study Drama and Theatre Arts at the prestigious Goldsmiths College, University of London. This three-year program has helped Maria develop her directing skills. In 2011, Maria embarked upon an MA Filmmaking course in the world famous London Film School. She has worked on more than twenty London Film School projects not only as a director, but also as a producer and camera operator.
ALL HALLOW'S WEEK
All Hallows’ Week, filmed by Jussi Hiltunen in his hometown of Rovaniemi in Northern Finland, is a short film about the effects of random violence on the lives of people. Aki (Antti Luusuaniemi) is a bouncer in his thirties, whose workplace becomes the setting for a senseless shooting. Kati (Rosa Salomaa) is a high school student, who witnesses her sister’s violent death. Feeling helpless, the two eyewitnesses are left to mull over their feelings. Why did they survive and could they have changed the course of the events? Their grief is mixed with guilt and unanswered questions as Aki and Kati try to move on.
Jussi Hiltunen was born in 1984, graduated from Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences. The idea for the film All Hallows’ Week stems from a 2008 shooting in Rovaniemi witnessed by director and writer Jussi Hiltunen, but the story and characters of the film are entirely fictional.
Through five mundane scenes from the life of a thirty-something hipster couple in the suburbs of Oslo, Totem explores the vulnerabilities and relentless discomforts of togetherness.
Marte Vold (b.1978 in Tromsø, Norway) was educated at Nordland College of Art and Film, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and The Norwegian Film School, from which she graduated as a cinematographer in 2008. Rooted in the discipline of visual art as well as traditional filmmaking, Vold’s work as a director has been screened in both galleries and film venues. In 2013, Vold co-directed the feature Out of Nature with Ole Giæver. Out of Nature premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 as part of its Contemporary World Cinema Programme, and has been selected for the Panorama Section of the 65th Berlinale in 2015.
TO OPEN TO SEE
A group of children is taken on a trip to a beach. While separated from adult supervision, they discover a stranded porpoise. It is dead. They open it up.
The film won many prizes including Terje Vigen Award in The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Best Norwegian Short Film in 2013 Minimalen Short Film Festival, Special Mention in 2013 Leuven International Short Film Festival.
Camilla Figenschou (b.1978) is a visual artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Film Studies at Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, and two years at Nordland College of Art and Film.
Figenschou works in various media, but with an emphasis on video and photography where she, with a strong sense of detail, in various ways explores the interaction between body and place. She wants to describe how these two elements, a subject’s body and a particular terrain or place can become a temporary state.
THE HAMMER AND SICKLE ARE SLEEPING
Two bad guys meet another bad guy. They get together to do bad things. But because of their weakness, it never works out. A man with religious belief lives is with these guys. This is a film about a hammer wrapped in a towel. It is about the kind of weakness that you can see everywhere, an absurd story in a savage environment.
Writer and director Geng Jun was born in Hegang, Heilongjiang province in northeast China where he shot all his early films. His first feature film Barbecue was selected by 3 Continents Festival in Nantes and International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2005. In 2009, he completed his second feature Youth, which was invited into the Competition section in Rome International Film Festival. The Hammer and Sickle Are Sleeping won the Golden Horse Award in Taiwan in 2014.