Abandoned Land

”Abandoned Land” is a documentary and experimental video. It captures and documents abandoned places, infrastructure and phenomenon in Finland. The video uses Finland as an allegory to approach recent changes of the European society with visually effective images, prosaic narration and music. When still in use, the abandoned environment had grown to match to the demands of society and now time has made it useless. The video observes and documents that change. With the abandoned phenomena the video explores history and its relation with today.

  • Simo Saarikoski
    Director
  • Simo Saarikoski
    Writer
  • Simo Saarikoski
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Finland
  • Country of Filming:
    Finland
  • Language:
    Finnish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Channels Festival / Video Visions
    Melbourne
    Australia
    September 8, 2017
  • Rivne International Film Festival
    Rivne
    Ukraine
    September 28, 2017
  • Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival
    Jacksonville
    United States
    September 16, 2017
    North American Premiere
  • Shared Sight International Short Film Festival
    Cluj-Napoca
    Romania
    September 22, 2017
  • XI. Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    October 23, 2017
  • Festival International Signes de Nuit (Signs of The Night)
    Paris
    France
    October 5, 2017
    France Premiere
    The Sign Award
  • The 2nd BINCIF - BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL
    Salvador
    Brazil
    November 5, 2017
    South American Premiere
  • Burnt Experimental Video Art and Film
    Montreal
    Canada
    November 18, 2017
  • The 15th International Festival Signes de Nuit Lisbonne
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    November 24, 2017
    Portugal Premiere
  • Festival International du Film d'Aubagne (FIFA)
    Aubagne
    France
    March 23, 2018
  • KFK Short Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    March 1, 2018
  • The 15° Festival Internacional Signos de la Noche
    Tucuman
    Argentina
    March 1, 2018
  • Kinos 18
    Lahti
    Finland
    April 8, 2018
  • The W:OW Project
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    April 14, 2018
  • Athens Short Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
  • Quarantine Film Festival
    Varna
    Bulgaria
  • HIFF Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy
    Helsinki
    Finland
    September 28, 2018
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    York
    United Kingdom
    November 9, 2018
    UK Premiere
Director Biography - Simo Saarikoski

Simo Saarikoski (b.1980) works extensively in different fields of visual art. In his works he explores time and it’s phenomena, as well as human impact on the environment and how to find mercy for yourself in the era of social media. Saarikoski uses video, sound and watercolor painting as separate media or in the form of installations. He has presented performances with the group – Messianic Research Centre for Visual Ethics around Europe and US. The MRCVE Artists Group was founded in 2002. The group’s modus operandi is to openly incorporate both scientific and artistic methods in its works. With the state art price winner (2011), art collective – T.E.H.D.A.S. he has realized several projects and exhibitions (e.g. “Live and Dead Art” in Pori Art Museum, 2014) and worked as a performance art event organizer and curator in Pori.

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