Friday, March 10, 2017

Finlandia-katsaus no. 701 / Finlandia Review 701

Finlandia-katsaus no. 701. "I will fuck your daughters in the ass". A contemporary racist slur from the internet inserted into a historical signboard.

Tampere Film Festival
Kotimainen kilpailu 9
T34 | 9.3. THU/TO 16:00 | PLEVNA 5
P15 | 10.3. FRI/PE 18:00 | PLEVNA 2
Duration/kesto: 95 min
Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen | Finland 2017 | Documentary | 14 min

TFF: Welcome to centenarian Finland!

Tervetuloa satavuotiaaseen Suomeen!

AA: In 1964 Aito Mäkinen (1927-2017) directed the last official Finlandia-Katsaus newsreel - number 700 - produced by the Suomi-Filmi company.

Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen have now produced an ironical sequel 53 years later, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence.

The visuals are mostly a collage of the worst nationalistic excesses from the historical footage of the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation. Towards the end there are increasingly passages of contemporary visual material.

The soundtrack is mostly modern. We hear a sound montage of today's nationalistic and racist comments. Corruption, hate speech and Neo-Nazism are included. Contemporary racist slurs copied from the internet are inserted into historical signboards (image above).

From much of the vintage material negatives and other brilliant sources exist, but in this film the historical footage looks duped and deformed, maybe even with artificial scratches.

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