Luk
Lotta Petronella
Finland
2020
78
min

Själö - Island of Souls

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The past is haunting a former institution for forcibly committed women on a desolate island, where the empty spaces talk their own, subdued language.

Själö means 'the island of souls', and no name could be more fitting for the island in the Baltic Sea, which for centuries was a last stop for women who were considered social outcasts – and who are today forgotten. They were forcibly placed in a closed institution to be studied, measured and weighed – exactly in the way that nature itself was starting to be examined around the same time. Today, the place is a research centre. A young female scientist collects samples on the island, while the whispering voices of the past and never-sent letters echo in the empty hallways. The Finnish artist Lotta Petronella has a personal interest in writing the unknown history of the nameless women, and she does so through the traces left by the past. Both in the archives, medicine cabinets and landscapes around the old hospital. In a subdued and very Nordic aesthetic, Petronella lets the void speak. The play of light in a corridor and the fading writing of an old document is the kind of stuff her vision is made of.

Title
Själö - Island of Souls
Director(s)
Lotta Petronella
Countries
Finland
Run time, min
78
Premiere status
World Premiere
Producer
Ilona Tolmunen, Ulla Simonen, Johanna Tarvainen
Year
2020
Sprog
Sales Contact
Finnish Film Foundation
Sprog