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Flame (Polte)

Directed by Sami Van Ingen

  • Finland 2018; 15 min
  • Original version: No dialogue
  • Genre: Short, Experimental
    • Diploma of Merit (National Competition) - Tampere Film Festival
    • Best Film by Audience Jury Award - Fronteira International Documentary and Experimental FF


A fractured melodrama, based on damaged frames from the last minutes of the only remaining nitrate reel of the lost feature film Silja – FALLEN ASLEEP WHEN YOUNG (1937) directed by Teuvo Tulio. All screening prints and the negative of the film were destroyed in a 1959 studio fire. A sequence from the middle of the film was found at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 2015.



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