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Activities - 13/10/2011

 

27 Times Cinema - The Portraits - Anna Suonsyrja - Niagara - Tampere - Finland

 

Could you introduce yourself and tell us who you are and what you do?

I am 20 years old and I will begin musicology studies at the University of Jyväskylä this fall. I sing in a folk & pop band called After Cognac and I worked for Amnesty International last summer.

How long have you been going to the cinema?

When I was on the second grade, my best friend and I started to go regularly to the cinema. My father's friends worked in the local cinema and that's how I got into the world of films. I realized then how important it is to watch numerous and different kinds of film - from Disney to Kieslowski. Those years had a huge impact on how I experience films and life in general. 

Why do you like cinema?  Why do you prefer cinema to other media or to books, for example? 

Going to the cinema is like a ritual to me. You walk in the theater without knowing what to expect, you are able to hear and see how other people react during the film and of course the technology of the cinema guarantees you a much richer environment to enjoy the film. It is not possible to reach this kind of a feeling on your couch at home. 

Tell us what type of cinema or which kind of films you prefer? Which films are particularly important to you? What are your 3 favorite films? 

I always have preferred unique and soulful cinemas to movie theaters with an American style. In films also, authenticity and ideas are more valuable than big budgets or special effects. My favorite films always have a clear theme. The shooting, music, colors, even the smallest details live in a perfect symbiosis with this theme. That is the reason why Kieslowski's films, like a Short Film About Love are masterpieces. My other two favorite films are Almadovar's Speak with her and Tom Ford's A Single Man.

What do you think of European cinema? What does European cinema represent for you?

Once a year, I attend the Tampere Film festival which takes place here, in my hometown. When I watch European short films, documentaries or animation films I am very proud to be part of the European cinema culture. The only thing that makes me sad is the fact that it does not reach big audiences. These films are often both entertainment and art and that is the beauty of European cinema. The films that are made for big audiences usually only fulfill the entertainment part of it.
 
Do you feel European? Do you travel often in Europe? Have you ever lived abroad?

I often find myself thinking that I don't feel connected to the traditional finish culture. Nowadays it's almost impossible to describe what finish culture is. However when speaking about the European continent I can easily find myself part of it. I have travelled a lot in Europe throughout my youth, I have been able to meet people from different countries and to discover the art, the lifestyle of Europe. It seems to me now that the cultural boarders between different countries no longer exists.

Which cinema are you representing at 27 Times Cinema? What do you like most about this venue?

I'm representing the art house cinema Niagara from Tampere Finland. It's Tampere's only theatre that also shows small budget and political movies. If you want to get into the European cinema scene it's the best place to be.

 What are your habits as a film-goer? How often to you go to cinema?

It depends on the season, during the summer there isn't that many new movies so I spend more time watching movies with my friends. Usually, I like to go to the cinema with good friends so I can really relax and discuss the movie afterwards.
I've also been a member of film club Charlie in my hometown. I've had the pleasure of meeting other young film nerds, shared their opinions and discussions while watching movies that we had chosen.

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