The film critic Neil Young has picked his favourites from the new Finnish documentary films shown on our festival. His choices are Purity and Danger (dir. Elina Talvensaari) and Once I Was a Dragonfly (dir. Elli Toivoniemi).
Here are Neil Young’s comments on the films:
“Of all the myriad techniques available to today’s documentary film-makers, performance is among the most contentious and hazardous. An inspiring use of this format, Elina Talvensaari’s PURITY AND DANGER (Puhtaus ja vaara) opens a window into the world of sex-workers with tact, maturity and genuine insight.”
“A delightful celebration both of Finnish eccentricity and the delicate wonders of the country’s natural environment, ONCE I WAS A DRAGONFLY (Kesäni sudenkorentona) winningly alternates between archival footage – here filmed by the subject himself over a period of 20 years – and original materials.”
Neil Young writes regularly for example to The Hollywood Reporter and Sight & Sound.