ANKA & WILHELM SASNAL: ALEKSANDER (2013, 58min, 35mm)
SAT 11.4.2015 Malmitalo 15:00
Address: Ala-Malmin tori 1, Helsinki
Aleksander is filmed in a little village in the South of Poland situated half way between Tarnow and Kraków. Sasnals came across this village when they did a photoreconnaissance for their first film It Looks Pretty From The Distance (Z daleka widok jest piékny, 2011).
“Thirty minutes is all it takes to get to the village from our house. 40 kilometers. At first, it was a long journey to a place where chaos reigns even though the days pass quietly; where people don’t have work even though they’re always busy with something, and nothing ever changes. We had been making that journey for two years.
We filmed a diary of these trips. It wasn’t done on a regular basis, but we wanted to describe the life of the people we met there, arrange their reality somehow. We had a plan, with clear-cut roles for ourselves and them, and a camera we could hide behind. One day, it turned out that the camera no longer separated us, that our heroes stopped noticing it. And then we got so close that we couldn’t help but succumb to this reality. This film is about us, too.” -Anka Sasnal
Anka Sasnal (b.1973) is a Polish editor and scriptwriter. Wilhelm Sasnal (b. 1972) is an acclaimed Polish painter, illustrator, comic strip artist and filmmaker, whose works have been shown in i.e. Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern in London and MoMA in New York. This year AAVE will present Sasnals´ second programme after screening a selection of 16 mm films in 2014. Sasnals live and work in Kraków, Poland.
AAVE Festival’s screening program En Garde! present new audacious works, which break the usual borders.