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Failed Emptiness. Time

North American Premiere

Failed Emptiness. Time

Mika Taanila

Finland | 2021 | 13 min
Without dialogue |
Subtitles: English
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Finnish artist Mika Taanila offers us an enthralling reflection about time, based on a text by his compatriot, the writer Harry Salmenniemi, with whom he has collaborated on multiple occasions. Accompanying the highly evocative text is a piece by pioneering electronic music composer Éliane Radigue, acclaimed for her works that blend the minimalist and electronic genres, and her exclusive use of drone sounds. These three artists’ worlds meld in a powerful meditation on time and the experience of duration.

This film is part of the FIFA EXPERIMENTAL section program THE EYE LISTENS.
Other festivals:
Vindöga Festival, Sweden (2021)
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany (2021)
Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Russia (2021)
Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway (2022)
DocLisboa, Portugal (2021)
Director Mika Taanila
Script Harry Salmenniemi
Music Éliane Radigue

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Mika Taanila

Mika Taanila

Mika Taanila (1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with documentaries, experimental film and visual arts. Human engineering, utopias, failures and man-machines are recurring themes in his films and installations. Taanila’s works have been shown at major international group shows, such as Venice Biennale (Nordic Pavilion 2017), Aichi Triennale (2013), DOCUMENTA (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Berlin Biennale (2004), Manifesta (2002) and Istanbul Biennial (2001). Solo shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2013 – 14), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2013), TENT, Rotterdam (2013) and Galleria Heino, Helsinki (2010). Taanila’s short films have been screened altogether at more than 300 international film festivals and special events. In 2015, Taanila was awarded with the prestigious Ars Fennica Award, the biggest Finnish art award.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
Patent Nr. 314805 (2020)
The World (2017)
Sad Song of the Hard-Edged Transition Markers (2017)
Branches (2017)
Delay of Game (2017)

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