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International Programme 2013
Hazards Virke Lehtinen

Is it coincidence that determines which leaf falls from the tree at what point, whether we get cancer, or what we remember? An artful essay about fate, cinema images, and memory.

Hazards

Documentary Film
Finland
2013
45 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Virke Lehtinen
Virke Lehtinen
Virke Lehtinen
Tuuli Kuittinen, Juuso Lavonen
Virke Lehtinen
Our lives are shaped by coincidences. At least that’s the point of view that strikes Virke Lehtinen as he revises the images of his life. He has worked as a cinematographer and documentary film director since the 1960s. There are enough events in his archive that were unintentionally exposed, as it were. A burning car by the side of the road on a snowy night is one of them. The camera stoically keeps recording while the cinematographer – Lehtinen – leaps onto the scene to help. The images haunt him. Is it really all coincidence? Which leaf falls from the tree at what time, whether we get cancer or not – and what we remember? For isn’t memory dependent on an infinite number of components?
The director turns his thesis into a visual principle, allowing himself to be guided from one image to the next, giving his thoughts free rein while everything is being woven into a dense carpet of motives. In the back of the spectator’s mind there may emerge an idea which the narrator of the epilogue of the cult movie “Magnolia” expresses in view of a sheer endless chain of accidents: “And you really want to tell me this is coincidence? That can’t be the answer!” With quiet melancholy, Lehtinen creates an artful essay film about the fateful connection between coincidence, memory and film images, which could also be interpreted as a kind of found footage autobiography.

Lars Meyer

History of Pets

Animated Film
Netherlands
2013
6 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Ton Crone
Kris Genijn
Made for Chickens by Robots
Kris Genijn
Kris Genijn
Senstudio, Dame Blanche
Sometimes adults visit the places of their childhood and remember their former playmates. In this case these were various pets which disappeared in droves, accompanied by the parents’ ever-changing explanations. But which adult still believes in the Easter Bunny? A mordant requiem.