Schedule

Hoffman I: Journeys Away

torn formations / The Films of Philip Hoffman

The Philip Hoffman “introretrospective” is made up of five screenings that include both Hoffman’s own films and the works of his Finnish collegues. The programme has been curated by Philip Hoffman and the Finnish film maker Sami van Ingen.

The limits of cinematic expression have changed and expanded, and also our historical awareness has developed. Canadian experimental filmmaker Philip Hoffman has deep and solid roots in Finland. He has worked twice as a teacher in the University of Art and Design Helsinki during the 1990s , and his influence is prominent in the work of several filmmakers who started their careers back then. Highly personal subject matter and experimentation are the key concepts of Philip Hoffman’s work, which, on the other hand, is also a visual body of memory and emotions.

Perttu Rastas
Senior Planning Officer, Finnish National Gallery

Hoffman I: Journeys Away

“The bus stopped on the Mexican highway, placing us in full view of a young boy, motionless on the hot pavement.” Journeys away always entail a confrontation with the unexpected. Hoffman confronts death and the decision to film or not to film, during his travels in Mexico in Somewhere Between Jalostotitlan and Encarnacion and again in the Rotterdam Zoo on the set of a Peter Greenaway film in ?O,Zoo! (The Making of A Fiction Film). The restless traveling of an earlier work, The Road Ended at the Beach, gets picked up again years later when Hoffman and van Ingen travel north, in Canada, to see where van Ingen’s great grandfather made Nanook of the North in Sweep, and discover they can only film themselves.

Philip Hoffman

Films in the screening:

Sweep
Finland, Canada / 1995 / 30 min / 16 mm
Directors: Philip Hoffman, Sami van Ingen:
Photography: Philip Hoffman, Sami van Ingen
Editing: Philip Hoffman, Sami van Ingen
Sound: Randall Smith
Production: Illume Oy
Distribution: Elokuvakontakti

Somewhere Between Jalostotitlan and Encarnacion
Canada / 1984 / 6 min / 16 mm
Director: Philip Hoffman
Music: Mike Calich
Production: Chimera Imaging
Distribution: Philip Hoffman

?O,Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film)
Canada / 1986 / 23 min / 16 mm
Director: Philip Hoffman
Music: Tucker Zimmerman
Production: Chimera Imaging
Distribution: Philip Hoffman
+ 15 min excerpt from The Road Ended at the Beach (Philip Hoffman, 1983, music: Jim McMurray)

Language: English

Duration of the screening is 90 min.

  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP

Showtimes:

  • Orion: Wednesday 27.1. at 18:45