A series of short movies assembled by Risto Jarva society shown in Kino Iglu!
Kino Iglu's show of February was a series of historical Finnish short movies. The series, assembled by Risto Jarva society, was presented by film director Ville Suhonen, and in addition to him, the musical duo LauNau, Laura Naukkarinen (piano) and Topias Tiheäsalo (guitar), stepped on the stage to add live music to the first five films of the silent era. These films from the dawn of the independent Finland let us, for example, meet Jean Sibelius at his home and see Helsinki during winter.
At the start of the show Ville Suhonen stated that assembling the series was not hard because of the uneven quality of Finnish short movies. From his opinion, the most striking works were the earliest ones from the silent era: they were actually more modern than the newer ones. This was indeed noticeable, for example when watching Aho's and Soldan's Kun elohopea laskee ("When the mercury drops") from 1933: the camera moves smoothly and freely among skaters, as if it was one of them.
In addition to the five lsilent films boosted with live music, twelve more short movies from different decades were also shown. These included two movies from Aki Kaurismäki: Rocky VI and These Boots.
Kino Iglu's movie of March will be Youssef Chahine's Destiny from 1997. It will be shown on March 24th at 4:00 p.m. in Karkkilasali from 35 mm film.
Film director Ville Suhonen and music from LauNau in Kino Iglu!
On Saturday 20 February Kino Iglu shows From Tervanpoltto to Rocky VI - a series of short movies from independent Finland from the years 1916 - 1986.
The series of short movies, assembled by the Risto Jarva society, tells something of our country that long feature films may not necessarily be able to tell. They give hints about what has been most important for Finns more broadly. What were we like? What did we become?
Ville Suhonen, the guest presenter, has noted:
"Behind short movies we find the past, of which we are made. The mirror of the history is in the lens of the camera. While watching this special series many viewers return to the time when everything was still ahead.".
Ville Suhonen is a film director, screenwriter and a producer, who has taken part in making 30 short movies, documentaries and music videos. In 1998 Suhonen wrote and co-directed Poika ja ilves. His documentaries Metsän tarina (2012) and Ompelijatar (2015) have also been successful.
The silent films will be accompanied by the music of the duo LauNau, which includes Laura Naukkarinen ( piano ) and Topias Tiheäsalo ( guitar ).
Singer-songwriter Naukkarinen's fifth record Poseidon was nominated for Emma-gaala in 2018. Drummer Samuli Kosminen, originating Karkkila, also plays in the record.
Tickets 5€. A cafeteria will be present.
The short movies that will be shown:
Tervanpolttoa Lapissa (1918)
Kiljusen pojat koulussa (1921) ohj. Jalmari Finne
Jean Sibelius kotonaan (1927) ohj. Aho & Soldan
Ravintolayleisö kameran silmällä (1930) ohj. Valentin Vaala
Kun elohopea laskee (1933) ohj. Aho & Soldan
Finlandia-katsaus 7 (1943) ohj. Björn Soldan
Kansa siirtyy rauhan töihin (1946) ohj. Holger Harrivirta
Aamua kaupungissa (1954) ohj. Jörn Donner
Työtä Ylioppilasteatterissa (1961) ohj. Risto Jarva
Ovi (1965) ohj. Erkko Kivikoski
Hyppy (1965) ohj. Eino Ruutsalo
Eläköön nuoruus! (1968) ohj. Jaakko Pakkasvirta
Ampumarata (1969) ohj. Eila Kaarresalo-Kasari
Elsa (1981) ohj. Marja Pensala
Rock’y VI (1986) ohj. Aki Kaurismäki
These Boots (1994) Aki Kaurismäki
|From Tervanpoltto to Rocky VI
Movie director Teemu Nikki as the guest presenter in Kino Iglu
On 20 January Kino Iglu showed Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space, or Grave Robbers from Outer Space, which has been called the "world's worst film" many times. Proof of this was received on Saturday in the form of spacecraft flying at the end of strings and a shower curtain used as the back wall of an airplane. The movie was also missing tension and emotions the viewers could identify and get carried away with. Indeed, the film was mostly just meaningless wandering in a graveyard, just like in Visa Mäkinen's movies, in which, however, people are driving a car from point A to point B.
Ed Wood's movie has a lot of unintended comedy, but also other reaches movie director Teemu Nikki highlighted in his presenting speech.
"It surely wasn't easy to make movies in the 1950s and 1960s with a budget of 60 000 dollars. Film was expensive, so Ed Wood couldn't afford more than one take of every scene. Thus it's no wonder that the microphone is sometimes visible in the picture and the props sway around." Nikki noted.
On Nikki's mind Ed Wood had the same kind of passion for making movies than Orson Welles, even though the quality of their products is slightly different. The love for movies is the main reason for making them both then and today, and there's always shortage of money, even though modern technology helps in technical matters.
Of the movie's cast Nikki mentioned i.a. Swedish professional wrestler Tor Johnson, whose scar changes spot on his face due to allergic reactions that occurred during the filming, and Maila Nurmi, or Vampira, who claimed to have been born in Finland. Vampira had refused to speak in the movie since the lines written for her were so poor.
The biggest name in the movie was the original silent film Dracula, Bela Lugosi, who died during the filming. There has been a lot of speculation that Ed Wood took advantage of his morphine-addicted friend, but Nikki thinks that's not the whole truth: Wood was a fan of Lugosi and wanted to be near him also in the form of making a movie.
There were about 50 viewers at Kino Iglu's show and instead of brownies, chocolate-coated dry cake was sold.
Kino Iglu starts its spring season with the "worst movie in the world".
Film club Kino Iglu's shows in Karkkilasali resume on 21 January with Ed Wood's film Plan 9 from Outer Space
( 1959 ). The camp classic shown from film is the legendary main work of Ed Wood, the pioneer of DIY movies, which has often been called world's worst movie.
In the movie one can spot paper plates hovering at the end of strings and a killer octopus acting like an official. The plot is nothing but a parade of puzzling moments. Space aliens are worried about nuclear tests carried out on Earth. The aliens, afraid that a special bomb created by scientists will destroy sunlight, initiate plan number nine.
A glimpse of the silent movie star Bela Lugosi is seen in the movie: he died during the filming, thinking he was making some completely different movie. From Finnish perspective a point of interest is the Petsamo-born hourglass body Vampira aka Maila Nurmi ( 1921- 2008 ), who was nominated for an Emmy award in 1954 for her TV show The Vampira Show.
The guest presenter in Kino Iglu will be movie director and screenwriter Teemu Nikki. Nikki, who has made dozens of movies, is known for, for example, the TV show #lovemilla, which won the Kultainen Venla for the best children's and teenager's show in 2013 and 2014. Nikki's 2017 movie Euthanizer has performed well in Finland and has caught international attention as well.
Kino Iglu's film show is on Saturday 20 January at 4:00 p.m. in Karkkilasali ( Anttilankatu 2-4
). Tickets cost 5 €.
Season tickets and advance tickets can be bought from Karkkila's Aito Kulta. Tickets can also be reserved at www.kinoiglu.fi
Kino Iglu's spring 2018
Film club Kino Iglu continues to show films in Karkkilasali on Saturdays at 4.00 p.m. The repertoire of spring 2018 begins in January with the "worst film of the world" and ends with the Kaurismäki special show in May. Between them a series of short movies of independent Finland, an Arabian rarity and the new film Suomen hauskin mies of Heikki Kujanpää from Karkkila are shown. The series of guest presenters begins in January with movie director Teemu Nikki. Season tickets and advance tickets for single shows can be bought at Aito Kulta! Tickets 5 / 9 € (April 21 and May 19). Season ticket 25 €.
January 20 Plan 9 from Outer Space Ed Wood (1959)
February 24 From Tervanpoltto to Rocky VI - short movies of independent Finland (1918 -
March 24 Destiny Youssef Chahine (1997)
April 21 Suomen hauskin mies Heikki Kujanpää (2018)
May 19 Calamari Union Aki Kaurismäki (1985)
|Poster for spring season 2018
Over 2000 visitors at Kino Iglu's film festival!
Made up of 18 shows and 40 movies, the festival gathered over 2000 visitors and an impressive group of guests, such as hockey coach Alpo Suhonen, film directors Liisa Helminen, Mia Halme, Veikko Nieminen and Matti Ijäs, actors Kati Outinen, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon and Sherwan Haji. In addition to them actor Antti Reini made a brief visit in Karkkila, but this time as a performing musician in Saturday's festival club in Cafe Pakari, where the jazz band Uksila-Sauros-Saastamoinen also performed. From Kino Iglu's partners, representatives of Lukeva ry and Midnight Sun Film Festival were also present.
The practical execution of the festival was carried out by, in addition to Kino Iglu's volunteers, the young people of Ruukinpaja and Werstas, whose tasks included setting up the equipment in unexpected places such as Karkkilan Autohuolto and Puutarha Sundström, running a cafeteria, selling the tickets and making a video reportage of the festival. The tasks were carried out with enthusiasm and responsibility. The festival's repertoire consisted of a mix of documentaries, long and short movies, as well as shows for elementary and high school students, retirees and other excited spectators. There were works from Karkkila's own film makers such as Aleksi Salmenperä, Heikki Kujanpää, and Aki Kaurismäki, but out-of-town film art was also present in the shape of, for example, classics like Bensaa suonissa. Sunday's short film cavalcade included films made by Stadia's film industry students and youth from Karkkila and Vihti. Finnish-Czechoslovakian ice hockey film Reilu peli, which reached out for more experimental expression, offered it's own twist. Alpo Suhonen recalled it's unusual birth at Piippuhylly.
The festival also showed one brand new film: Tokasikajuttu, the sequel of Kovasikajuttu, which told the story of the band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Singer Kari Aalto and bassist Sami Helle were present at the show. Following the theme of the festival, historical meetings in the town, they opened up about their relationships with Karkkila. Kari Aalto is a familiar chap in motorcycle tuning groups and Helle mentioned that historical meetings are possible at Karkkila's summer evening markets since he has a summer house in the locality. Tokasikajuttu show was held in co-operation with Lukeva ry and there were lots of film fans from Uusimaa present, including Lyhty ry.'s stakeholders.
Before Tokasikajuttu was shown in Karkkila. a show was held in Vihti, where Kovasikajuttu was shown to the students of Kuoppanummi school. Thus Kino Iglu expanded it's territory to Vihti!
For Kino Iglu, holding the festival was a positive experience. Exceptional successes were the "special shows" with a portable projector and the shows for students.
A big thank you to the splendid presenters, guests and the audience, without which Kino Iglu wouldn't show a single film. Thank you, the youth who made the festival and the co-operating partners, and congratulations, 100-year-old Finland!
This gives a good start for the spring season, the repertoire of which will be published in December.
The interviews of the festival guests can be found at Kino Iglu's Youtube channel.
|Bensaa suonissa at Karkkilan Autohuolto
An interesting week of film coming up on Kino Iglu's film festival!
Film club Kino Iglu is holding a film festival in Karkkila between 23 and 29 October. The repertoire will specifically focus on films and makers connected to Karkkila. In addition to the movies of well-known Aki Kaurismäki, production from, for example, Liisa Helminen, Mia Halme and Veikko Nieminen will be shown.
During the festival week one will get to see movies in, for example, Sundström's garden and Karkkilan autohuolto (car repair shop), where Risto Jarva's Bensaa suonissa ("Gasoline in the veins") will be shown, without forgetting the traditional Karkkilasali, where several films, such as Liisa Helminen's documentary Matka jatkuu ("The journey continues") will be shown.
In co-operation with Lukeva ry, Jukka Kärkkäinen's and J-P Passi's Tokasikajuttu, which continues documenting the career of Finland's Eurovision Song Contest representative Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will be shown. Co-operation with Midnight Sun Film Festival continues with Mikko Niskanen's film The Boys and Matti Ijäs's Räpsy and Dolly in Karkkilasali on the festival Saturday. In addition to long movies, a series of short movies made by young people and professionals, who also have a strong representation of Uusimaa, will be seen.
Interesting guests and performers will also be in store for the festival week. The music of Antti Reini and jazz group Uksila-Sauros-Saastamoinen will be heard on Saturday evening at Cafe Pakari's festival club.
In addition to public shows requiring an entrance fee, movies for children, school students and retirees will be on offer both in Karkkila and Vihti.
The film festival is held in co-operation with the youth and culture service, the adult education centre of Karkkila, Lukeva ry, media workshop Werstas, Ruukinpaja, Lyhty ry, Kinotour and Midnight Sun Film Festival.
|The official festival poster
Kino Iglu's film festival 23 - 29.10. 2017
Film club Kino Iglu takes part in the Finland 100 years campaign by arranging a film festival in the last week of October together with Kinotour, the Adult Education Center of Karkkila and the local cultural services. The theme of the festival is Historical meetings in the town. The goal is to give the spectators and film makers a chance to meet among movies, also in places where they aren't usually shown, such as in a garden, sports location and car repair shop.
Film shows are held for all the children and school students of Karkkila, and retirees also get to see films during the festival week. A show will also be arranged for the developmentally disabled of Vihti, Lohja and Karkkila in cooperation with Lukeva ry.
The repertoire will take shape during the summer, but it's already certain that the films shown will have flavors of Karkkila and it's film makers. Karkkila is a movie town of iron.
Kino Iglu's film festival will have a link in the website www.kinoiglu.fi and suggestions for festival movies can be made in Kino Iglu's Facebook page or by email email@example.com
|Kino Iglu's film festival 23 - 29.10. 2017
Joy and affection in Kino Iglu
"What a human afternoon", "more than just a film show" -- These were some of the spectator's thoughts after the final show of Kino Iglu's season. On 20 May more than 300 people gathered in Karkkilasali to see Aki Kaurismäki's latest movie The Other Side of Hope. The movie was introduced by, in addition to academic Aki Kaurismäki himself, two of it's actors, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon and Sherwan Haji.
The Other Side of Hope raised many kinds of feelings in the audience. It was humorous on one hand -- both from Finnish perspective in general and especially from the perspective of Karkkila residents: as Simon Hussein al-Bazoon noted, the film contains a great amount of Finnish black humor foreigners don't understand, but also a lot references to Kaurismäki's home town Karkkila, such as familiar faces, the names Calamnius and Nyrhinen and some scenery -- but also thought-raising, after all, the subject of the film, refugees, has been in the spotlight across Europe for some years now.
A subject even more important than refugees in the film is humanism. In this relation Kaurismäki has been compared to one of the most important figures of film art, Charles Chaplin. Both look at the world precisely sarcastically, but heartily and with sympathy. The Other Side of Hope is about the meeting of two human fates, those of salesman Wikström and refugee Khaled, from which, after the conflict in the beginning, grows sympathy and friendship.
The introducing trio greatly impressed it's audience. Kaurismäki opened up the birth of the movie and stressed the importance of humor. The actors Al-Bazoon and Haji spoke about their path to the movie, as well as about their own experiences as people with foreign backgrounds in Finland. Kino Iglu's audience also got it's fair share of the attention, the questions and presence of the audience beat even world-class critics.
Kino Iglu's staff is thankful of the past season and welcomes spectators for the next.
|Aki Kaurismäki presenting his film Other side of the hope
Sherwan Haji and Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon after receiving
Kino Iglu t-shirts
Other side of the hope booked full
Last film of Kino Iglu's current season, Akí Kaurismäki's Other side of the hope, is booked full. Cancelled tickets may be bought from the door.
Film will be shown on 20.5. at 16 PM in Karkkilasali. Tickets 9 euros.
|Sherwan Haji and Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon in Other side of the Hope