Director: Marikki Hakola
Genre: Video Art, Short Fiction, Installation Art
Duration: 24 min.
Production Year of the Installation: 1992
Production Year of the Video Work: 1994
Master Formats: Beta SP PAL / DigiBeta
Language: No language
Distributors: Kroma Productions Ltd., AV-arkki
The video work Milena – Distanz is an experimental melodrama.The story is about the relationship between two archetypal characters, Milena and Franz, their striving for communication and their drifting apart. The audiovisual narrative expands themes to the questions of time, distance, memory and existence. The story is fictional and loosely based on a letter Franz Kafka has sent to his beloved Milena Jesenská. Milena Jesenská’s letters to Kafka have never been found, but some lines of Kafka’s letter can be heard in the music piece.
The video work is based on Kaija Saariaho´s radiophonic composition “Stilleben”. There are two versions of the work: The single channel video work. The single tape installation for 16 monitors video wall programming. The installation is exhibited at the Atheneum Museum Helsinki, Aalto Museum Jyväskylä and Gulbenkian Museum Lissabon.
Script, Direction, Editing: Marikki Hakola
Camera, Editing: Raimo Uunila
Lights: Epa Tamminen
Music: Kaija Saariaho
Set Design, Costumes, Make-Up, Graphics: Milla Moilanen
Actors: Minna Tarkka, Jussi Rinne
Video Wall Programmers: Mats Hulden, Marikki Hakola
Production: Marikki Hakola / Kaligari Oy 1992-1994