Vieras Ruumiissani (Riikka Kuoppala)
2008 | 00:09:55 | Finland | Finnish | Color | 16:9 | 16mm stereo
Director and writer: Riikka Kuoppala
Cinematography: Jan-Niclas Jansson
Editing: Andrea Zapata-Girau & Riikka Kuoppala
Sound: Jarno Muhonen
Starring: Ilona Karppelin & Elisa Salo
Visitor in My Body is an experimental narrative short film concerning the identity crisis caused by a serious illness.
The story takes place in the attic of an old house. There, a small girl and a grown woman spend time together. They interact more as friends, although they could be mother and daughter. While they play together, the two discuss illness and share memories. The disease made them reconsider who they are.
As the story unfolds, the thin line between reality and fiction fades and the characters’ identities start to merge. The fractured narration becomes an allegory for identity: What happens when the story on oneself is incomplete, when a person’s identity is brought into a crisis? Can the narrative be repaired, or does it have to be replaced?
Festivals and screenings:
2008 Lens Politica Film Festival / Helsinki, Finland
2008 Ellis Gallery / Pittsburgh, U.S.
2008 Arctic Hysteria Onscreen, The Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA)/ New York, U.S.
2008 Noche en Blanco, Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia / Madrid, Spain
2008 54th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International competition / Oberhausen, Germany
2008 Tampere Film Festival / Tampere, Finland
2009 Arctic Hysteria Onscreen, Ludwig Museum / Budapest, Hungry