Raak mij aan! Touch me!

An elegant, ironic and melancholic essay on the vexing and perplexing nature of authenticity. Crafted from film and video recordings Monica Flaherty sourced for her work on a sound version of her father Robert’s 1926 docu-fiction film, Moana (also screening at IFFR 2023). 

Finnish filmmaker and artist Sami van Ingen is a great-grandson of documentary pioneer Robert Flaherty, and seemingly the sole member of the family with a hands-on interest in continuing the directing legacy. Among the materials he found in the estate of Robert and Frances Flaherty’s daughter Monica were the film reels and video tapes detailing several years of work on realising her lifelong dream project: a sound version of her parents’ 1926 docu-fiction axiom, Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age.

For her version, Monica returned to her childhood home, the Samoan island of Savaiʻi, to accomplish a valiant yet absurd task of recording ‘original’ noises half a century later, as well as songs that were already sung back then and have the aura of being sung for centuries to come. Van Ingen, in tandem with IFFR regular Mika Taanila, shaped the sounds and images Monica had preserved into an elegant, ironic and melancholic essay on the vexing and perplexing nature of authenticity. They wonder: whose authenticity, exactly? Monica seemingly looked for her fairytale pre-teen world in the same way her parents searched for some last reflections on Paradise Lost – while the islanders have their own view of matters.

Thursday 2 February
11:30 till 12:42
Camera 4
€ 12.50
Sunday 5 February
14:30 till 15:42
Camera 3 Deluxe
€ 12.50
Language
Fins gesproken, Engels ondertiteld
Duration
72 min
Year
2023
Director
Sami van Ingen, Mika Taanila

IFFR in Groningen

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is coming to Groningen! 

From Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 February.

IFFR in Groningen is the perfect opportunity to explore unknown, international gems or to discover the special titles of the upcoming film year.

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