As Lights, As Flashes

As Lights, As Flashes is about a young man helplessly falling in love with the ever-present glossy images, that we see everyday wherever we walk in the city. This love is distant, naive and fiercely erotic, yet more importantly unsullied by natural human interaction. However, the man is fully aware of all this, and willing to fall into that hollowest of holes...

As Lights, As Flashes is a poem by the Finnish poet and spoken word artist Jussi Kiova.

  • Hanna-Mari Ihalainen
    Director
  • Lotta Ahlbeck
    Original Score
  • Jussi Kiova
    Poem and Acting
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mainosvaloissa
  • Project Type:
    Other
  • Genres:
    Poem, spoken word
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 27, 2021
  • 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
  • Huhtamo International Film Festival
    Huhtamo
    Finland
    July 15, 2021
  • Runokino Live

    Finland
    May 27, 2021
  • Berlin Lift-Off Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    January 30, 2022
    Official Selection / Online
  • Cannes Short Film Festival
    Cannes
    France
    February 21, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Flickfair Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 1, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Make Art Not Fear
    Porto
    Portugal
    October 1, 2022
    Award Winner
  • Hottomela International Film Festival
    Kolkata City
    India
    October 22, 2022
    Special Appreciation Award For Theme
  • Motion Pictures International Film Festival
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    November 16, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Motion Pictures International Film Festival
    Nairobi
    Kenya
    November 16, 2022
    Official Selection
  • TRANÅS AT THE FRINGE - International Screening of Experimental Films and Videopoems
    Tranås
    Sweden
    July 2, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Hombres Videopoetry Award
    Turania
    Italy
    September 27, 2022
    Finalist
  • Chambal International Film Festival - Season 7
    Rajasthan
    India
    January 20, 2023
    Quarter Finalist
Director Biography - Hanna-Mari Ihalainen

Hanna-Mari Ihalainen
Born in Riihimäki, Finland, in 1982.
Lives in Espoo, Finland.
Drama Instructror and Master of Social Sciences
First-time film director with a zero budget and her heart on her sleeve
Loves animals, horror movies and theater.

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Director Statement

For me As lights, as flashes is an erotic love story. It’s a story about the agony of having a crush, fantasizing about someone or something just out of reach and feeling pure passion towards them. At the same time it’s a balancing act between nature and city with an insight to the capitalistic society we live in filled with advertisements