The Death of an Insect

Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen, Finland, 2010, color, 35mm, 7'
Synopsis

In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die. This tragic story was created using dead insects gathered from forgotten attics and tool sheds, between window panes and spiders' webs. It combines a number of animation techniques, from classic stop-motion animation to animated 3-D models that have been scanned with x-rays. No one would give these a second glance, until they found their way into the viewfinder of Finnish directing duo Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen. In their film, the creatures float, seemingly aimlessly, around the town, before finally flying off to the moon. It is only in close-up that we see how ravaged they are. It turns out that an insect with a vague shape can transform into a symmetrical pattern or an attractive strand of DNA. The little dead animals are lifelike and abstract at the same time. The directors' last film, Hanasaari A, was an experimental documentary about the demolition of a power plant: an old industrial landscape making way for new residential developments.

IDFA Awards given out in Durban, Montevideo and Sarajevo August 27, 2015 | Three IDFA Awards were handed out over the summer to promising projects pitched at three international film markets. As part of the awards, all winners will attend IDFA in November.
IDFAcademy Summer School report July 8, 2015 | Emerging filmmakers from all over the world came together for an uncharacteristically hot week in Amsterdam to work on their documentary projects with renowned tutors such as Victor Kossakovsky and Cecilia Lidin.
IBF announces May selection July 7, 2015 | The IDFA Bertha Fund has concluded the second selection round for 2015. Eleven documentary projects from countries like Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, South Sudan, Uruguay and Georgia will be supported by the fund in its classic scheme.
New Media at IDFA 2015 July 7, 2015 | For those interested in the creative potential of digital technology, virtual reality and interactive media, this year's IDFA will have more to offer than ever before.
Errol Morris central guest at IDFA 2015 June 30, 2015 | Renowned filmmaker Errol Morris will compile this year's Top 10 program at IDFA. The festival will also be screening a retrospective of Morris's work.

Twitter

IDFAindustry @IDFAindustry 15 hour ago
"Docs are an important tool for dialogue between cultures, religions, people" IDFA director Ally Derks @thekortimes https://t.co/OWsVtoOSqM
Open
IDFAindustry @IDFAindustry 6 days ago
The IDFA Award at the Docu Rough Cut Boutique @21stSFF goes to Little Berlin Wall by Toma Chagelishvili. More: http://t.co/Z9U6zdlbB0
Open
VPRO Oxfam Novib de Volkskrant BankGiro Loterij Fonds 21 Fonds 21