THE LINE - Four Projections / REPLIKEN - 4 projektioner, 2012

SYNOPSIS

WHO’S STORIES HAVE BEEN TOLD?

Who’s stories have been told? “I want to have …., I love ….., I don’t have …!” Provoked by a line in the film Persona by Ingmar Bergman, a woman dreams about the complexity of projections and their origins. In her dream the woman witnesses the rehearsal of a scene in Persona, where Ingmar Bergman is directing the actor Bibi Anderson. The Line -four projections discusses the way film has played its part in constructing various feminine mythical personifications and how women in man made film history so often are described in terms of their relation to children. This is an account of one woman coming to terms with her own non-motherhood, and in the process shedding off the layers influenced by stories about women which are not stories about women. The film features some of the actual equipemt used in the making of Persona.

Lucy Fisher writes:

...”Persona is not only a film that, on a dramatic level, sees woman as mother, and mother as quintessential actress, but one that creates an image to literalize the Oedipal perspective on narrative and associate woman’s body with the cinema apparatus. Curiously, it is not Bergman but Frederico Fellini who best articulates this view on film:

“I think the cinema is a woman ... This uterus which is the theater, the fetal darkness, the apparition - all create a projected relationship,we project ourselves onto it... just as we do with women.””

(Lucy Fischer: Shot / Countershot, Film Tradition and Women’s Cinema.)


TECHNICAL INFO

Original title: REPLIKEN – FYRA PROJEKTIONER
English title: THE LINE – FOUR PROJECTIONS
Running time: 15:00min
Year of completion: 2012
Production format: XDCAM, AVCHD
Screening format: HD projection (1080p25)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Language: Swedish with English subtitles

CREDITS

Written & directed by Minna Långström
Camera & Image post production: Minna Långström
Sound recording: Pertti Venetjoki, Laura Kuivalainen
Sound post production: Pertti Venetjoki
Music: Samon Takahashi
Steady Cam operator: David Berg
Foley artist: Kimmo Vänttinen

Cast: Riina Huhtanen, Susanna Ringbom, Kristian Thulesius, Lina Håkansson, Sezgin Boynik, Isak Lynch

GRANTS AND AWARDS

The film was supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and a DVD/Blu-ray publication was possible because of an artist award by the Grönqvist Foundation in Finland.

SCREENINGS

The film has so far been screened at Galleria Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland, in May 2012, as well as in the following festivals and events: Pleasure/Pain curated screening at Gaze screening series, 13.02.2015 at in Artists' Television Access in San Francisco, California. Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK (Nov2012), Lens Politica Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland (Nov2012), Festical Miden @ CAMP, Athens, Greece (June2013), 5th Cairo Video Festival (Sep2013), Peru Short Film Festival (Nov 2013).

Photos of The Line