Friday, March 11, 2016

Finnish Midsummer 2169 / Auringonpimennys

Finnish Midsummer 2169 / A Solar Eclipse. The ratman in his cave.

Anssi Kasitonni | Finland 2016 | Animation | 11 min
P+D+SC+DP+S+ED: Anssi Kasitonni. M: Stereo 8000. Contact: Vesa Puhakka,
    In English.
    Tampere Film Festival (TFF), National Competition 11
    11+12 March, 2016, Plevna 5, 2

TFF: "In the year of 2169 there will be a solar eclipse during Midsummer Eve in Finland. That changes the life of a certain female vampire bat."

AA: A low tech scifi horror puppet animation. We learn some factual information on the solar eclipse during the midsummer in the year 2169. The narrator's voice is matter-of-fact. Nature footage, an indicator in the meadow. There is a dormant vampire bat and a rat man tending the vegetable garden. There are indicator systems. The female vampire bat emerges from her sarcophague in mock sexy, cheesy 1950s scifi Z budget gear. Her lair is full of DIY home video style scifi paraphernalia. The vampire bat observes the sky. She detects the rat man planting pumpkins. There is an irrigation hose.
The bat voice is translated into English via subtitles. The solar eclipse takes place. Darkness falls outside. The vampire bat examines her reflection in the pond. The batwoman enters the ratman's cave. The rat man speks in perfect English and cannot understand a word of the batwoman. The batwoman kisses the ratman. Rock music starts to swell on the soundtrack.

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