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Lady Time
IDFA 2019

Lady Time

Neiti aika
Elina Talvensaari
Finland
2019
60 min
World Premiere
Festival history

What gives a human life meaning, and how does it live on after a person’s death? When filmmaker Elina Talvensaari moves into a new apartment in Helsinki, it still contains all the previous occupant’s furniture and personal belongings. The old lady died with nobody left to miss her, or to deal with her possessions. Talvensaari is scared by the idea of throwing everything away, because then all memory of the woman will be lost.

She starts to investigate her predecessor—her name turns out to be Liisa —through the diaries, letters and 8mm films she finds in the apartment. Gradually, a long life unfolds, and the unknown woman slowly becomes a treasured friend, one who experienced both prosperity and adversity and ultimately was left alone.

Talvensaari tenderly sets about honoring Liisa’s life, alternating biographical information with poetic images of her possessions. As Liisa’s face becomes increasingly familiar, our own affection for her grows as well.

Credits
Director
Sound Design
    Pinja Mustajoki
    Pinja Mustajoki
Involved TV Channel
    YLE
    YLE
Screening copy
    Aamu Film Company
    Aamu Film Company
Music
    Tommi Mäki
    Tommi Mäki

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