In Maija Blåfield’s documentary, eight former North Koreans talk about what it was like to watch illegal films in a closed society. What did they imagine the world outside to be like on the basis of smuggled fiction films?
The film deals with imagination and encountering the unknown through the personal memories of its characters. Although it isn’t really a film about North Korea, the stories include how in the 1990’s the centrally-governed and isolated North Korea had a world-expanding source of income: Western waste – or rather its disposal. The citizens would burn waste to keep their homes warm, but with the trash also came another reality: The forbidden video tapes found amongst it opened up brand new worlds, especially if you owned a colour TV.
The relationship between fiction and reality is blurred, when the connection to the world abroad is severed. It is easy for the viewer to identify with the Matrix, manipulating people’s perceptions of reality. In a French film, a couple embracing one another might be a concept even more extraordinary than freedom of speech, if you have never even seen your own parents touch each other.
Translation: Liina Härkönen
The film will be screened together with To Teach a Bird to Fly.
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Film Title : The Fantastic
Language : korea, englanti
Director : Maija Blåfield
Year : 2020
Length : 30
Age limit : S
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Maija Blåfield
Editing : Maija Blåfield
Music : Tuomo Puranen
Producer : Maija Blåfield
Production Company : Häivekuva Oy
Tue 28.1. at 17.00, Kinopalatsi 1, followed by a Q&A with director Maija Blåfield
Fri 31.1. at 15.00, Kinopalatsi 8, followed by a Q&A with director Maija Blåfield