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"I've had to suck a lot of cock to get to where I am now, Abraham.
But sometimes I can't help but wonder, where am I, you know." -M





The film, M, is a work of art that explores the relationship between sexuality and death. These two appear to be opposite forces, but in fact they merge in all of us, disguising the fear of death or the desire to die, the world of Eros and Thanatos.


In M the character inspired by Marilyn Monroe should be seen as a symbol of this interpenetration. The actress´s death is as famous as her sexuality and thus sets a perfect example of how the ancient bond between sex and death is being forever mystified and exploited by the popular culture. M attempts to explore this phenomenon in a much more personal level.



All the events in the work are fictional and they are set in no particular place or time. The work consists of film material that has been produced on and off in a time period of four years, beginning in March 2013 to December 2017. The footage was shot mainly in the home and grounds of Casa das Musas Art House in Nazare, Portugal. Other shooting locations were Litibu village in Mexico and Uusikaupunki, Finland.

All the actors in the work are non-professionals and were chosen because of their strong essence and character.
Although the work is based on a script the roles and events were adjusted to fit the actors presence, and all of the dialogue was acted by the artist herself as voiceover.  

At times the process of filming was on the verge of improvisation and therefore only the afterwork would fully determine how some of the scenes developed. This way of working turned out to be a crucial element of the work.

M is not an attempt to tell a story or redefine a character. In fact it is quite the opposite. The elements of film are being used as pathways for the artist to move in and out of the characters, each character representing somewhat a side of the artists own fantasy. By placing herself in the part of an object of fantasy the artist strives to understand the unity of sex and death, not merely as a myth in popular culture, but as an integral part of humanity.

The Film, M

World premiere at 33rd Venice International Critic’s Week
www.sicvenezia.it

EXPERIMENTAL FILM  
94 min 10 sec
2K SCOPE DCP 2.39:1
Dolby Surround 5.1

Original language:
English

Written &
Directed by
Anna Eriksson

All female
voices &
narrative
Anna Eriksson

Music composed by
Anna Eriksson

Sound design
Anna Eriksson

Editing
Anna Eriksson

Color grading
Anna Eriksson
& Eliel Kilkki

Cinematography
& photography
Matti Pyykkö

Scenography
Anna Eriksson
Petri Salo
Axel Sutinen

Costume design
Anna Eriksson
Petri Salo

Artistic
collaboration
in Portugal
and Anubis
character
Petri Salo &
Axel Sutinen

Post production
manager
Eliel Kilkki

Heavy metal track
No Doubt performed
and written
by Shapeless

Graphic design
Pietari Kaakkomäki

Production support
The Arts Promotion
Centre Finland (Taike)
Cast
Anna Eriksson
Petri Salo
Gail Ferguson
Axel Sutinen
Pietari Kaakkomäki
Asta Vieno
Ari Vieno
Paola Bärlund
Veera Siivonen
Joni Segerroos
Dulce Rodriguez-Saldivar
Melanie Rodriguez-Saldivar
Britany Rodriguez-Saldivar
Augusting de Higuera Blanca

Susana Gonçalo
Steve Remigio Delgado
José Paiva Wolff
Quim-Ze Grilo
Gloria Bleezard-Levister
Alonso Levister
Alexandre Fabião
Oliver Nurmi
Issey O’Brien

Production
Anna Eriksson
Ihode Management Ltd

Cursum Perficio


Festival Distribution
Kati Nuora
www.creativeexport.fi





The Film, M, World premiere


Venice International Film Critics Week
Venice Film Festival, 2018



Awards
Best director Tarkovsky Award 2019 The Blow-up Arthouse Film Festival, Chicago

Grand Prix and Best Feature Film awards 2019 Prague Independent Film Festival

Best Feature Film and Best Cinematography awards 2019 Vienna Independent Film Festival



Screenings
2019

NOV 15
STUFF MX FILM FESTIVAL
Mexico City, Mexico

OCT 5
Västerås Film Festival
Cinema Culturen
Västerås, Sweden

SEP 16
IF Istanbul
Cinemaximum Le Petite Prince
Istanbul, Turkey

SEP 3
New Cinema
Caisa
Helsinki, Finland

AUG 25
Blue Sea Film Festival
Rauma, Finland

AUG 24
Oulu Music Video Festival
Oulu, Finland

AUG 8
Prague Independent Film Festival
Prague, Czech Republic

JUL 25
Foco Finlandia
Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City

JULY 7
Vienna Independent Film Festival
Vienna, Austria

JUN 12
Midnight Sun Film Festival
Sodankylä, Finland

MAY 18
Arthouse Cinema Niagara
Tampere, Finland

MAY 10
Espoo Ciné
Espoo, Finland

MAY 9
Cinema Orion
Helsinki, Finland

MAY 3
Kino Diana
Turku, Finland

APR 4 - 21
LAB-1 Art Cinema Eindhoven
Eindhoven, Netherlands

APR 13
Suomalaisen Elokuvan Festivaali
Turku, Finland

APR 6
M Visionär Film Festival
ACUD Kunsthaus
Berlin, Germany

MAR 8
Tampere Film Festival, Finland

JAN 26
Oulu Film Centre
Oulu, Finland

2018

DEC 1
Pori Film Festival
Pori, Finland

NOV 18
Rokumentti Film Festival
Joensuu, Finland

NOV 16
Festival de Sevilla
Seville, Spain

NOV 16
Joburg Film Festival
Johannesburg, South Africa

NOV 3
Hanko Film Festival
Hanko, Finland

OCT 9
Festival Nouveau Cinema
Montreal, QC, Canada

OCT 4
Finnkino Maxim
Helsinki, Finland

OCT 3
Mirano, Italy

OCT 1   
Treviso, Italy

SEP 28
Padova, Italy

SEP 26
Trento, Italy

SEP 22
Helsinki International Film Festival
Helsinki, Finland

SEP 9
Venice International Film Critics Week
Venice Film Festival, Italy








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