May 9, 2017

Finnish documentary awarded in Italy

Finnish free diver Johanna Nordblad battles the elements.
Finnish free diver Johanna Nordblad battles the elements.
Elina Manninen

Finnish documentary film ‘Neljä elementtiä – maa, vesi, ilma, tuli’ (Life in Four Elements) has nabbed a Silver Gentian award for best artistic-technical contribution at the Trento Film Festival, which took place between 27 April and 7 May in Italy.

Life in Four Elements is directed by Austrian director Natalie Halla and produced by Finnish production company MRP Matila Röhr Productions and put together by a team of Finnish filmmakers.

It tells the story of four men and women who have all-encompassing relationships with the four primordial elements; earth, water, air and fire. The film features Finnish free diver Johanna Nordblad, Austrian geologist Georg Zagler, Spanish fire fighter Pako Rivas and Austrian base jumper Philipp Halla.

“This amazing award is a significant recognition for the director of Neljä Elementtiä, as well as the Finnish makers, who were responsible for the film’s actualisation,” says film producer Marko Röhr. “Cameraman Teemu Liakka, editor Ben Mercer, sound designer Juha Hakanen and composer Panu Aaltio represent world-class filmmakers, both artistically and technically!

“I’m proud to be able to work with these fine filmmakers and happy for the recognition they’ve received at a notable film festival.”

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