TECTONIC PLATE (2016), by MIKA TAANILA
“Tectonic Plate” is a cameraless film about fear of flying, security checks and time zones.
After returning from a lengthy business trip to Tokyo, the nameless protagonist is inexplicably stuck at a hotel nearby the Helsinki airport. The events are fixed to the character’s life-style of constant jet lag and multitasking. The use of various technical devices, such as phones, computers and heart rate monitors, slivers his time-management and modifies the consciousness.
The episodes of on-screen texts and of moving image alternate in the narration of this dualistic work.
The techniques used for the moving images are photocopying documents related to air-travel directly onto clear 35mm film and darkroom exposure of objects placed on 35mm reversal film (photograms).
Original title: Mannerlaatta
Director: Mika Taanila
Text: Harry Salmenniemi
Music: Mika Vainio
Graphic design: Markus Pyörälä
Sound design: Olli Huhtanen
Producer: Jussi Eerola
Production company: Elokuvayhtiö Testifilmi Oy
DCP, 1:1,85, b&w, 74 minutes