May 9, 2018

Finnish film sets eyes on Sheffield

Arr. for a Scene challenges the traditional film setting.
Arr. for a Scene challenges the traditional film setting.
Screenshot/ Arr. for a Scene trailer

Four Finnish documentaries will be screened in June at the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest, offering for example a glimpse into the fascinating work of two foley artists behind Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho.

Director Inka Achtén’s Boys Who Like Girls (Miehen malli) is set for its world premiere in Sheffield, telling the coming of age story of an Indian teenager Ved, who is brought up amidst violence and abuse. Ved joins a boys club, led by a male social worker Aspar, who tries to challenge young men to think about masculinity in novel ways.

In the Rhythm category, directors J-P Passi and Jukka Kärkkäinen are back with a sequel to The Punk Syndrome (Kovasikajuttu), which told the story of four mentally impaired musicians who form the punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The sequel, Punk Voyage (Tokasikajuttu), returns to the scene to document the last years of the band, which officially retired in 2016. The documentary is off to a good start, having been nominated for the Nordic:Dox Award recently.

The short documentary Confessions of an Angry Mother (En arg mors bekännelser), is directed by Catarina Diehl. It follows the life of a mother who, having been brought up in an abusive home herself, is dangerously struggling not to continue the abusive spiral with her own kids.

Last, but certainly not the least, of the quartet is Arr. For a Scene, which documents the fascinating work of two foley artists making the soundscape for one of the most memorable scenes in film history – the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). The documentary is directed and edited by Jonna Kina, and it won the Nordisk Panorama Best Nordic Short award last year. It was also screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

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