Iiti Yli-Harja: Carte blanche

A varied selection of short films from the 80’s to today, curated by filmmaker and musician Iiti Yli-Harja.

Carte Blanche celebrates the coincidental, the letting loose, the joy and curiosity in filmmaking. In entails puppet animations and pixilations as well as video art. The playful and loose touch of Kasitonni and Diakur, the poetic experimentality of Lowder and Baes, and the humour and lightness of Hoffman, Noltimier Strauss, Park and Lepore, even with heavy subjects, all inspire me in my work. All these different films have excited and delighted me deeply. They remind me that filmmaking can be the most fun activity of wonder and experimentation.

Iiti Yli-Harja,
director & musician

NOTE: The first film in the screening, Bouquets 10, contains flashing lights that may cause discomfort or seizures for those with epilepsy.

Language: Eng Duration: 83 min Age Limit: 7+

  • Lähikuva vaaleanpunaisesta, lupiinimaisesta kukasta luonnossa.

    Bouquets 10

    Kimput 10
    Director: Rose Lowder
    Country: France
    Year: 1995
    Genre: Experimental, Fiction
    Duration: 2 min

    This tenth bouquet is part of a series of films of one minute each, on various subjects. Structured in the camera during "filming" these researches develop to compose a film bunch of pictures picked every time in the same site, at various times.

    NOTE: This film contains flashing lights that may cause discomfort or seizures for those with epilepsy.

  • Epämääräinen beige humanoidi makaa maassa ja katsoo ylös.

    Hi Stranger

    Hei, muukalainen
    Director: Kirsten Lepore
    Country: United States
    Year: 2016
    Genre: Animation
    Duration: 3 min

    The story is about 50 shapes of you drawn by cute nutty human being that stares directly into your soul.

  • Lähes kokonaan tuhoutuneesta mustavalkofilmistä erottaa vakavailmeisen naisen, jonka silmät ovat kiinni.


    Director: Sami van Ingen
    Country: Finland
    Year: 2018
    Genre: Experimental, Fiction
    Duration: 15 min
    Age Limit:

    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.

  • Suuret, surulliset, mustavalkoiset kasvot mustan mönjän keskellä huoneen nurkassa.


    Director: Niles Atallah, Cristobal Leon, Joaquin Cociña
    Country: Chile
    Year: 2007
    Genre: Animation
    Duration: 4 min

    Lucía remembers the summer in which she fell in love with Luis. The furniture within a bedroom is shaken and destroyed, meanwhile the charcoal Lucía appears and vanishes on the walls.

  • Miniatyyrisängyssä makaa kaksi nukkea, joiden kasvoille on liimattu valokuvat kasvoista.

    Emily & Ariel Show

    Director: Emily Ann Hoffman, Ariel Noltimier Strauss
    Country: United States
    Year: 2015
    Genre: Animation
    Duration: 3 min

    Juxtaposing animated video footage with stop-motion puppetry, Emily & Ariel bring you into their lives on an average Friday night.

  • Oravamainen eläin, jolla on iso silmälappu. Kuvassa on tekstitys, jossa lukee: Being a smartass won't save our home from the bulldozers!


    Director: Anssi Kasitonni
    Country: Finland
    Year: 2005
    Genre: Experimental, Fiction
    Duration: 16 min
    Age Limit:

    A young squirrel keen on rock’n’roll, American cars and skateboarding is unable to carry on the time-honoured traditions of his family and dressing up as a flying squirrel to protect the home woods.

  • Tietokonesimuloitu asunto, jonka keskellä simuloitu hahmo leijuu keskellä volttia.


    Director: Nikita Diakur
    Country: Germany, France
    Year: 2022
    Genre: Experimental, Animation, Documentary
    Duration: 13 min

    Attempting a backflip is not exactly safe. You can break your neck, or land on your head, or land badly on your wrists. So, I let my avatar learn the trick. He practices on a 6-core processor with the help of Machine Learning.

  • Claymation-puuma makaa mietteliään näköisenä puun oksalla eläintarhassa.

    Creature Comforts

    Koti kaikilla mukavuuksilla
    Director: Nick Park
    Country: United Kingdom
    Year: 1989
    Genre: Animation
    Duration: 6 min
    Age Limit:

    A humourous and thought provoking view of what animals in zoos might be thinking about their captivity and surroundings.

  • Näyttelijä Wallace Shawn tuijottaa epäuskoisen näköisenä miestä, joka on selin kameraan.

    My Silence

    Director: Mika Taanila
    Country: Finland
    Year: 2013
    Genre: Experimental, Fiction
    Duration: 13 min

    This 'reductionist' video and sound piece is an experiment into what happens when you take out the most important element from a specific canonized feature film classic.

    This film was made as a video installation on a monitor. It is now shown exceptionally at the curator's request in a cinema.

  • Mustavalkoinen lähikuva, jossa henkilö heiluttaa päätään niin, että se on kuvassa epäselvä.

    Topic I et II, part II

    Aihe I ja II, osa II
    Director: Pascal Baes
    Country: France
    Year: 1990
    Genre: Experimantal, Fiction
    Duration: 8 min

    Film theorist André Bazin used to consider film as a spell of time. He spoke triumphantly of a victory on the irreversibility and the transitoriness of life. Baes’s ’Topic I & II’ seems to question these transcendent views on cinematography. His figures are barely apparitions, trying to escape the capturing of time.