Finland | 2019 | File Type | Color | 20 min | Patrik Söderlund
THURSDAY 3 | CINEMEX PLAZA INSURGENTES 5 | 20:00 HRS | 107 min
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28 | UNIVERSIDAD DE LA COMUNICACIÓN – FORO UC | 19:00 HRS | 107 min
Director: Patrik Söderlund
Screenplay: Patrik Söderlund
Producer: Jussi Eerola
Cinematography: Jussi Eerola
Editing: Mika Taanila & Jussi Eerola
Sound: Olli Huhtanen
Music: Max Savikangas
Production Company: Elokuvayhtiö Testifilmi Oy
Realms is a voyage through time, evolution and the kingdoms of life towards the natural destruction wrought upon the planet by the human species.
The story unfolds on a remote fisherman’s farm, where we begin our journey hundreds of millions of years ago in the depths of the primeval ocean. We reach the shore, make our way through to the farm-yard, through the house to the garden in the rear and onwards to the nearby forest, followed by a swidden, a rocky ridge and the sand dunes beyond. Finally, millions of years into the post-human future, we stand on the shore again, animate and inanimate nature levelled to black dust, gazing towards the stars of the Milky Way. And so the cycle begins again.
Writer and director Patrik Söderlund (b. 1974) is the founding member of artist duo IC-98. “Realms” is his first film. With backgrounds in visual arts and cultural studies, Söderlund’s and Visa Suonpää’s 20- year collaboration as IC-98 has produced artist publications, site and context specific projects and interventions, animated moving image installations and various public commissions. IC-98 received the Finnish State Art Prize in 2009 and represented Finland at the Venice Biennale in 2015 with “Abendland (Hours, Years, Aeons)”, which was picked by Sundance Film Festival in 2016. Their work has been shown extensively at museums, biennials and festivals in Europe, Asia and the Americas.