Grandad’s Waking Dream
dir. Anu Kuivalainen, Finland 2003
Pacifistic art student Uuno F. Inkinen (1913–2003) went to war and kept a diary of his experiences. Nearing the end of his life, he felt it was his duty to tell the younger generation what war was really about. After all, nobody talked about it in his youth. In Anu Kuivalainen’s documentary, the events witnessed by young Inkinen are recreated for the audience and interpreted by actor Jari Virman.
Omar Fasolah (translated by Inari Ylinen)
Content warning: discussions of death and killing
Aranda, directed by Anu Kuivalainen, is a lingering documentary about the research vessel Aranda, which never stops sailing. Aranda has also been screened at several international film festivals. The documentary is not so much about the oceans as it is about endless human curiosity towards the unknown. It is also about Finnish marine research, which gets compared to researching the forests from an airplane. Despite its beauty and serenity, the documentary is also chaotic, depicting life amid unpredictable waves and vast oceans that are beyond human comprehension. It is also a depiction of longing and loneliness. Humans are only supporting characters, carried through swells and glittering horizons by the Aranda.
This billowy documentary gives the viewer space to ponder while listening to the ocean’s roar and watching the endless horizon. It will make the viewer feel small, sailing on the waves of the 80 million years old Atlantic, and poses questions that are larger than life. Aranda took six years to film, and it is powered by Jarkko T. Laine’s brilliant cinematography and Sanna Salmenkallio’s strong but understated music.
Heta Heikkala (translated by Herman Tikkanen)