Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

New Visions – Finnish Student Films (2020)

New Visions Focusing on the Living Human Being

The student films in New Visions observe humanity in its various stages. Life is eternal movement, from the new beginnings of youth to the remembrances of a life gone by. And in between, the many faces of humanity are seen in attempts to control life and nature. Stagnation is also present in anticipation, routines and facing the natural elements.

Niko Väistö’s 440 is a snapshot of societal change. The lack of destination of a car driving around the village centre is a source of bewilderment and amusement to a pensioner, whose own driving days are over.

The humans’ eternal efforts to control their environment, be it nature, animals or the elements, is the topic of Cracking Sound, directed by Hanna Kaihlanen. As the stories of a lumberjack, a hunter and a group of storm chasers intertwine, the image may become blurry, but the vision is clear.

To Feel Alive, directed by Milja Härkönen, follows a group of twentysomethings taking their first steps into adulthood. The future may be full of uncertainties, but with support from friends, life will carry you, even if sometimes it is nothing but tinned pineapple.

Maiju Jouppi
Translation: Liina Härkönen

(Finland 2019, 9 min)
Director: Niko Väistö
Producer: Niko Väistö

Cracking Sound
(Finland 2019, 11 min)
Director: Hanna Kaihlanen
Producer: Arto Tuohimaa / Metropolia UAS

To Feel Alive
(Finland 2019, 26 min)
Director: Milja Härkönen
Producer: Tuukka Vartiainen

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Language : Finnish
Year : 2019
Length : 50
Age limit : S
Format : DCP
Title in Original Language : Uusin silmin – kotimaisia opiskelijaelokuvia

Screenings :
Wed 29.1. at 15.00, Kinopalatsi 5, followed by a Q&A with director Niko Väistö (400) and protagonist Ainu Kortelainen and producer Tuukka Vartiainen (To Feel Alive) (in Finnish)