The festival takes place in Cine Odeon – Centro Cultural Luís Severiano Ribeiro and at Cine Arte UFF in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between November 4 and 11, 2015.
The film participates in the Remote Landscape programme.
“This special programme focuses on films that target the relations between individual subjectivities and the landscapes they inhabit. The programme’s selection has been crafted by the selection committee to reflect a multiplicity of worldwide environments and cultures.”
On Kangasmaa’s video, a French-speaking narrator recollects an event where a film director, who was popular in Finland but defamed by critics, stopped off at a certain service station. Forêt Shell is a cinematic microhistory created by the artist, trying to tie the lost service station to a wider context. The various ingredients in the story interpret Northern Finland as a meeting place of different cultural epochs. The themes in Forêt Shell include locality, national popular culture, the origin of civilisation and essayistic film narrative. AV-arkki distribution: http://www.av-arkki.fi
Forêt Shell presents an urban story and its setting in Northern Finland. There used to be a service station along a highway outside a small town, a popular stopping place for travellers and meeting place for the youth in the 1960s-80s. Local people called it “Forest Shell” (Forêt Shell in French). The examination of the urban story and personal memories from the service station of the past as well as historical facts blend into a narrative and myth on the video.