Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


Shortly: Outside the Box

The King
dir. Veli Granö, Milja Viita, Finland 2024
When Rauli Badding Somerjoki wrote the song “Lights” in 1975, he sent it to Elvis, the king of rock’n’roll. Badding waited for an answer from the King, whom he hoped would perform his wistful tune. Strange things started happening in Somero when potatoes started popping up in curious shapes.

The experimental documentary tells the story of this special meeting and fantasy events that never came true.

Marita Nyrhinen (translated by Inari Ylinen)

5, 50, 100 Years From Now
dir. Anu Pennanen, Finland 2023
What will the future look like in a world facing escalating climate change? Director and screenwriter Anu Pennanen asks random petrol station visitors to imagine what the future will look like. Will humans be able to solve the climate crisis and save our own lives? The petrol station serves as a starting point for future visions and dystopias. How is traffic in five years, and how do we move from one place to another? Can we avoid wars if we keep using fossil fuels?

Riikka Kaartinen

Square the Circle
dir. Hanna Hovitie, Finland 2023
The circle symbolises eternity and perfection, describes Hanna Hovitie at the start of her short film shot on a 360 camera. However, eternity and space can induce anxiety, and perfection is impossible to achieve. Square the Circle, which premiered in Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger short film competition, is a cosmic but down-to-earth essay on time, being enough, and limits.

Tytti Rantanen (translated by Inari Ylinen)

Morning Has Broken, Yet It Is Night
dir. Iivo Korhonen, Finland 2024
Painter Henry Wuorila-Stenberg (b. 1949) shares his wisdom once again. Having had a long career and a large impact on contemporary Finnish art, he expresses his innermost feelings in Iivo Korhonen’s poetic work. Having experienced ups and downs in his life, the painter describes the transience of life wistfully. Wuorila-Stenberg ponders on aging, death, and loneliness, but also the greatest joys of his life, like love. “I know that life is a big secret,” he says.

Omar Fasolah (translated by Inari Ylinen)

Content warning: anxiety

dir. Ville Koskinen, Finland 2023
Escalators are everywhere in the urban environment. An accustomed user and walker does not really pay attention to them, but what if they are a gate to the beyond? Ville Koskinen’s short film also takes its audience to the other side of the escalator, to follow a well-deserved lunch break of the workers taking care of them. Teeth makes the everyday strange and brings out misty poetry in scenery that can seem crude at first glance.

Tytti Rantanen (translated by Inari Ylinen)

Language: Finnish
Subtitles: English
Length: 67 min
Age Limit: K7
Year: 2023/2024
Production Country: Finland