Saija Mäki-Nevala | Finland 2015 | Documentary | 53 min
PC: Filmimaa. P: Markku Tuurna. D+SC: Saija Mäki-Nevala. DP: Jarkko T. Laine. S: Olli Huhtanen. ED: Samu Heikkilä. M: Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha.
Tampere Film Festival (TFF), National Competition 7.
10 March 2016 | 22:00 | Plevna 2.
Contact: Filmimaa / Markku Tuurna, www.filmimaa.fi
TFF introduction: "Director Saija Mäki-Nevala returns to her childhood village and observes its life through the camera. She follows the life as it opens in details along the one and only road: abandoned houses, coffee room tranquility and the moments of happiness. The documentary is a portrait of a silent village, but the main role still belongs to its people. They are living peaceful life in safe Finnish community. It’s important to know each other and even if it’s hard to get permanent job, moving away is not an option. The documentary captures the spirit of our insecure times, but shows the traces of past times also. Is Kihniö more than its inhabitants? Is Kihniö just a name for the roots which we can’t either choose or forget?"
AA: A film against the grain, against mobility, modernization, trendiness, against keeping up with the turbulent change of the world. There are still villages like this, pockets of a traditional rhythm of life. These people cherish values of a quality of life that are not hectic. They do not need holidays for respite, withdrawal from the treadmill, or relaxation, since their entire life is based on a balance of activity and leisure. The film itself indulges in ordinariness, even in its music track.