“There’s only one road across the village, it’s a one-minute ride on a rigged moped.” Kihniö, population 2084 and going down.
Director Saija Mäki-Nevala looks at her childhood village through her lens with a mix of old love and newfound foreignness. Small details come to the fore. Everything is both strange and familiar.
Kihniö is a documentary about people, first and foremost. We tour the village with a handyman. A café owner tells a story about a burglar too honest for his own good: he leaves a tip for a soda bottle he’s swiped. People know each other. Is a town really anything more than the sum of the lives that have been spent there?
The film pries open a point of view to the present while displaying the strata of decades past. It speaks of work, home and foreignness. Looking at otherness makes one’s own life seem a tad more peculiar.
Text: Miska Repo
Director Saija Mäki-Nevala and cinematographer Jarkko T. Laine will be present at the screenings.
After the Thursday screeening, we will celebrate the premiere of the film in Dubrovnik. The stage is taken over by Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha, the band responsible for the music in the film. The gig is open to everybody. Entrance fee is 5 €. Welcome!
- Director: Saija Mäki-Nevala
- Country: Finland
- Year: 2014
- Length: 58 min
- Age limit: S
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Jarkko T. Laine
- Editing: Samu Heikkilä
- Audio: Laura Kuivalainen
- Music: Jaakko Laitinen ja Väärä Raha
- Production: Markku Tuurna
- Maxim 1: Thursday 29.1. at 19:30
- Kinopalatsi 8: Saturday 31.1. at 11:00