Video essay ’14:39, 2021
A visual meditation on creating fictional landscapes in the real world.
Presented in the form of a series of fictional letters sent from Nina Kurtela to Aki Kaurismäki read against a backdrop of atmospheric exterior shots, “Dear Aki” is an experimental visual-narrative essay on the nature of naming in the globalized world. Originating from an accidental anecdote about the artist’s surname, the film develops through juxtaposing northern and southern imagery while questioning the possibilities of creating new fictional spaces in the realm of already existing landscapes.
Director: Nina Kurtela
Camera: Bojan Mrđenović
Editing: Hrvoslava Brkušić, Nina Kurtela
Sound: Hrvoje Nikšić
Text: Jasna Jasna Žmak, Nina Kurtela
Voice-over: Nina Kurtela
Voice coach: Jeremy White
Color correction: Tomislav Stojanović
Design: Nina Bačun
Producer: Igor Grubić
Executive producers: Mia Bučević, Sara Jakupec
Funded by: HAVC
Produced by: Kreativni sindikat © 2020
Erol Mintaş, Selahattin Cin, Sezgin Boynik, Vedrana Klepica, Cvjetko Kušt, Božena Kurtela, Lukša Kurtela, Sven Klobučar, Mihael Bete, Ivana Pegan.