Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

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ORBIT, LIGHT SNATCHER & THEY GO GENTLE INTO THAT NIGHT WORK

They Go Gentle Into That Night Work is a dreamlike essay revolving around a train driver, a metalworker, and a mailman’s average night. The nightfalls’s meditative and repetitive routines create a monotonous, yet simultaneously poetic atmosphere in this hypnotic experience. The slow-paced storytelling combined with the experimental soundscape paints a harsh, yet romantic, picture of the ever-revolving night lives of the trio.

Light Snatcher dives deep into the intriguing architectural world of light and darkness, led by architect and academic Juha Leiviskä. The film takes a stroll into some of Leiviskä’s own creations, as well as Myyrmäki’s church and Vallila’s library, stopping by a few other international inspirations along the way. Through examples, calculations, and sketches, Leiviskä demonstrates the significance of light in architecture with such skill, that soon viewers can’t help but observe light as an ever-present saint who serves as the seamless crossing point between art and nature.

Shades of light, dark, and significantly grey, are also explored in Orbit, which depicts notions of adultery. In this project, which blends elements of concrete and abstract, women of various ages give insights into their thoughts and feelings on their affairs. As they do, the black and white preconceptions slowly begin to melt off rugged, wrinkled, skin, which the camera interprets from an almost obscenely close distance.

Sissi Korhonen (Translation: Lydia Taylerson)

Title: ORBIT, LIGHT SNATCHER & THEY GO GENTLE INTO THAT NIGHT WORK
Language: Finnish, English
Subtitles: English
Director: Charlotte Airas, Rosaliina Paavilainen, Soile Mottisenkangas
Production Country: Finland
Year: 2020, 2021
Length (min): 57
Age limit: K16
A Title in Original Language: VALONSIEPPAAJA, KEHÄ & YÖTYÖN ZEN