SJÄLÖ – ISLAND OF SOULS

(SJÄLÖ) Documentaries
Director: Lotta Petronella 2020 78 Minutes Ages 15+
SJÄLÖ - ISLAND OF SOULS Sat 03 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 02:00pm 78mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
SJÄLÖ - ISLAND OF SOULS Sun 04 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 03:30pm 78mins Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo
SJÄLÖ - ISLAND OF SOULS Wed 07 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 01:15pm 78mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

Set off the coast of Finland on a tiny island in the Baltic Sea, Själö – Island of Souls is a moving meditation on the island’s complex relationship with transgressive women, illness, and authority.

Finnish artist and filmmaker Lotta Petronella likens to her documentary to that of a modern gothic story. With its wild and isolated location deeply intertwined with a long and turbulent history, it is not difficult to see why. From its early days as a remote hospital for lepers and the incurable, then the institutionalisation of difficult women, to an asylum for the mentally unwell, the island has a new role as home to the Centre of Environmental Research of the University of Turku. This irony, of a centre for the captured and observed to now be a recognised centre of scientific research, is not lost on Petronella who carefully crafts her otherworldly narrative with elements of past and present. Accompanied by the atmospheric, experimental soundscape by Finnish composer Lau this documentary is mesmerising.

Details

Year:2020
Classification:Ages 15+
Country:Finland
Language:Finnish and Swedish, with English subtitles
Director:Lotta Petronella
Producer:Ilona Tolmunen, Ulla Simonen
Script:Lotta Petronella, Seppo Parkkinen
Program strand:Documentaries
Rights:Syndicado