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They go gentle into that night work (Yötyön Zen)

Nominated for Best Experimental Doc

Director: Soile Mottisenkangas

11' • Finland • 2020


A short film on the nocturnal rhythm of grunt work. A mail carrier, a plate rolling operator and a train driver arrive at the scene of their night shifts. This portrait depicts how they embrace the sphere of their posts. The mechanical repetition eases them into relaxation like a form of meditation.

Producer: Kimmo Koskinen

Cinematographer: Saija Mäki-Nevala
Editor: Telma Tuomisto
Composer: Ville-Matti Koskiniemi Sound
Designer: Ville-Matti Koskiniemi Sound
Recorder: Salla Hämäläinen Sound
Recorder: Jani Hietanen
Colorist: Jussi Myllyniemi
Prop Master: Jussi Koverola
Driver: Joonas Alapoti
Subtitles: Eerik Purdon

Director's Bio:
Director Soile Mottisenkangas graduated as Master of Arts, Film, from The Screen Academy Scotland, Napier University, 2011. Soile is a Finnish filmmaker and an artist based Helsinki. She is best known as an artist with a wide scale of visual work from photography to video art. She has held several private and group exhibitions including video art (Looking for Kea, 2011) and her short films have been screened at international film festivals (Maria Eveliina 2013 and Bully Factory 2012). She has been a full time filmmaker since 2010 after working as a journalist, a youth worker and a web editor for a decade. Soile is a member of the Centre for Finnish Media Art, the Artist Association MUU and the Finnish Documentary Guild. She has also received an individual grant for screenwriting by the Finnish Film Foundation, 2017, and by Kone Foundation, 2014.

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