Saturday, May 16, 2009

Koeputkessa Anssi Mänttäri (seminar)

Anssi Mänttäri in a Test Tube. Seminar / discussion with Anssi Mänttäri, Matti Ijäs, Timo Linnasalo, and Jari Halonen, interviewed by Kari Pirhonen. At Cinema Andorra, Helsinki, 16 May 2009. - A witty discussion with four film directors. - The evening went on with several concerts at Dubrovnik, but I was too tired to stay. - My personal conclusions of the Anssi Mänttäri weekend:
1) Anssi Mänttäri's films, which often did not have a great success at the box office at the time of release, nor always found favour with critics, have stood the test of time, are constantly interesting to watch now, and more substance is easy to detect in them now than then.
2) They would deserve to be published as dvd's, in editions like those of Aki Kaurismäki and Mika Kaurismäki. Anssi Mänttäri's films were finely photographed on 35mm film by Heikki Katajisto, and they would deserve to be mastered well.
3) Anssi Mänttäri is a great storyteller. He should publish his memoirs, or somebody should publish an interview book on him. It would be a great read.
4) Seen back to back Mänttäri's films connect in a new way. He does not repeat himself, although the same milieux and characters reappear.

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