Image from Markku Lehmuskallio & Anastasia Lapsuy’s film “7 chants de la Toundra”

IF Screenings n°14 – Focus on Markku Lehmuskallio & Anastasia Lapsuy

For nearly 40 years our two directors have been constantly filming the far North to produce a recognised work that has often been shown (Festival of La Rochelle, Museum of Mankind…). The 7 chants de la Toundra throws us to the everyday life of the Nenets and shares their heartache between the traditional way of life and the forced cultural assimilation – not to say acculturation. The Le voyage perpétuel introduces us to the spiritual life, rhythmed by the mystical chants and a range of parabolic tales.

At the beginning of each screening, Irmeli Debarle will introduce the films of Markku Lehmuskallio and Anastasia Lapsuy. Irmeli Debarle has been collaborating for several years with the Finnish Film Foundation to promote Finnish cinema in France. She has also worked on several films by Aki Kaurismäki and promoted the works by Markku Lehmuskallio and Anastasia Lapsuy in France. Since 2008, she has organised the film festival “La Finlande en 3 films”, taking place at the Reflet Médicis cinema in Paris every spring.

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7.12.2019 | 6 p.m.
Institut finlandais

Markku Lehmuskallio & Anastasia Lapsuy: 7 chants de la Toundra / Seitsemän laulua tundralta
(Documentary, Finland, 2000, 90′)
Languages: Nenets, Russian
Subt. French

As reindeer breeders, the Nenets have been nomads in Siberia for centuries. Through seven legends from the Nenets folklore, the film tells the story of the people from the Far North, their adaptation to the extreme life conditions and their resistance from the 1920s to our days. The Sacrifice, The Fiancee, The Free Man, God, The Enemy of the People, Sjako and The Lullaby compose the first fiction film in the Nenets language: seven stories where each breeder, hunter-fisherman, housewife or schoolchild, play their own role in an unwritten human experience. These seven nenetic stories recount how the people lost their reindeers in favour of collectivization, how men sacrificed their lives at the battle of Leningrad, how children were forcibly Russified and women were banished and sentenced to forced labour.

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7.12.2019 | 8:30 p.m.
Institut finlandais

Markku Lehmuskallio & Anastasia Lapsuy: Le Voyage perpétuel / Matka
(Documentary, Finland/Russia, 2007, 78′)
Languages: Nenets, Russian
Subt. French

In the far North of the tundra, the Nenets roam the land in all directions with their herds of reindeer. Life is regulated by changing seasons, but even more so by the flock itself. All that exists on this desolate land where people find that the snow has a role: the meat is eaten raw, the remains are given to the dog, the blood is used for dyeing and the fur is transformed into clothes. Shot in black and white, this long elegiac poem narrates the slow disappearance of a people through that of its language, its culture.

Full price 7€
Reduced price 5€ (under 18 years old, pensioners, students, the unemployed and RSA beneficiaries, on proof of eligibility)
Double ticket for both screenings 10€
Free entry for people accompanying a disabled person.

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