Krakatoa

Martha is obsessed with a pimple. How will it go? The short-film was part of the Finnish film-competition Uneton48 and won Jury's Favourite Prize.

  • Oskar Wikström
    Director
  • Oskar Wikström
    Writer
  • Mika Mattsson
    Producer
  • Sonia Haga
    Key Cast
    "Märta"
  • Walter Öhman
    Key Cast
    "Robert"
  • Fredrik Öblom
    Best Boy
  • Johan Nybäck
    Boom Operator
  • Cecilia Lönnqvist
    Camera Assistant
  • Malin Hemming
    Gaffer
  • Saxby Young
    Production Assistant
  • Eero Mononen
    Set Design
  • Eero Mononen & Mika Mattsson
    VFX and Masking
  • Malin Hemming, Oskar Wikström & Sebastian Lindroos
    Editors
  • Sebastian Kurtén
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, experimental
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Finland
  • Country of Filming:
    Finland
  • Language:
    Swedish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Uneton48
    Helsinki
    Finland
    June 8, 2019
    Finnish Premiere
    Jury's Favourite
Director - Oskar Wikström
Director Statement

The story of Krakatoa was one I had been ruminating over for a long time. It started as a very shallow obsession about making a film centering, in one way or another, around a huge pimple, about to burst – and growing to an obscene, impossible size. Although it may seem obvious now, the symbolic connection between said pimple, and sexual frustration came much later. I had had a vision of a woman lovingly hugging a massive, Cronenburg-esque, pimple, making it ooze out all manner of disgusting fluids. The thought gave me nightmares, but in these nightmarish visions there was something alluring.

I find pimples quite disgusting, if that has not become clear. Not, for some reason, pimples on other people. Only the pimples that from time to time appear on myself. One morning, a while back, I had grown one, which I found to be of rather impressive size, on my cheek. As I was furiously trying to get rid of It, my girlfriend told me that it if I hadn’t obsessively tried to get rid of it, nobody would have noticed. Now it was a huge, swollen, bleeding mound. This led me to consider personal, subjective obsessions. To me, the pimple on my face had been massive, to my girlfriend, it had been unnoticeable until I touched it. Now the connection, between popping a pimple, and a relationship on the rocks started to manifest itself. A problem staring you in the face, but you are the only one in the relationship, aware of it.

In the end the story of Krakatoa is quite simple. It centers around a woman who feels frustrated in her relationship, and starts obsessing over a bodily function she finds repulsive but also, utterly captivating. It is important to note that the repulsion she feels, is not related to the existence of the pimple, only to the fact that she is not allowed to relieve the tension. I will stop boring you now, it’s a simple movie and it doesn’t need a dissertation to be enjoyed, which I hope you do. Enjoy it, in disgust.