2011. Finland. Eija-Liisa Ahtila. 71 min.
U.S. premiere; introduced by and Q&A with Ahtila
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 7:15 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2011. Finland. Written and directed by Eija-Liisa Ahtila. With Satu Makinen, Eilse Laaksonen, Kati Outinen. Although the Gospel of Luke (1:26–38) provides the narrative and Renaissance painting the iconography, Ahtila interprets the Annunciation with moving images that are at once spiritedly reverential, contemporary, and humane. Through her choice of actors—some of whom are professional and most (a group women from a center for social services) of whom are not—Ahtila questions the nature of performance and the notion of linearity, and presents the "story" of the Annunciation in strikingly original ways. In two versions: one image in a single frame (38 min.), followed by three images (split screen) in a single frame (33 min.). Winner of the Arte Prize for European Short Film at the 2012 Oberhausen Short Film Festival. Courtesy Crystal Eye, Finland. In Finnish; English subtitles. 71 min.
In the Film exhibition Oberhausen Manifesto 1962: Short Films by the Signatories, 1958–67
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