Radio Dolores

Animation ” Radio Dolores ” was created during 2016 in our Prague studio. It had it´s premiere in the Tampere International Film Festival 2017, where it won the Prize of the Youth Jury.

” Radio Dolores ” was just selected to the Annecy Animation Festival of 2017 to it´s Main Competition.

A Train to Spain

A photo from the Finnish representative of ATTS:
“Radio Dolores”, directed by Katariina Lillqvist.

A Train to Spain is a traveling installation of mixed media produced by Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish filmmakers, together with German, Belgian, French and Spanish guest artists, students and volunteers.

Each participating Scandinavian partner has independently created a project of animation, painting, audio-works or interactive art concepts. The guests  on different locations will provide musical elements and performances based on the theme of the Spanish Civil War and the Scandinavian volunteers.

During summer 2016, the works were sent to Stockholm where the installation-on-wheels had it´s premiere in the Tegen2-gallery on Södermalm.

From Stockholm the project continued to  Denmark, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France and  Spain where it will continue rouring untill 2019.

The  major production team includes Nils Claesson (Sweden), Gunnar Ström (Norway) and Katariina Lillqvist (Finland). The official website of the project is:

www.atraintospain.com

In co-operation with:

“Norden” – Nordic Culture Fund

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BabyBox

The animation  “BabyBox” was completed during 2015 in our experimental studio in Tabor, CZ . The director and scriptwriter is Katariina Lillqvist, scenograph and D.O.P  Patricia Ortiz Martinez, animator Alfons Mensdorff  and producer Onni Lillqvist.

The Kafka Trilogy

Three independent puppet animations based on the novels of Franz Kafka are all taking place in the same attick flat – but during different times and with various protagonists.

1. RIDER ON THE BUCKET, 8 min.
A poor violonist is trying to stay alive in his cold room with his only friend- a sick mouse. When the coal bucket is definitely empty, the winter bites the attick tenants hard, and the only way to survive is to try to make a deal with the wealthy coal merchant in the downtown. (For all age groups)

2. THE CHAMBERSTORCH, 8 min.
In the same attick room we now meet with an introvert poetress who only wants to stay alone with her books. But one day, when she comes home from the antiqvariat, a huge egg is humming at her table. When a furious, hungry little bird is born, the poetress is helpless- untill she finds out, how to make a contract for the benefit of them both. (For all age groups)

3. THE COUNTRY DOCTOR, 15 min.
The last part of the thrilogy is an allegory of Sarajevo under the siege: now the attick room has turned into the playground of war-time smugglers and criminals. In the middle of drunken gamblers a young boy is dying, and a helpless doctor is a looser too.

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Awarded with numerous prizes including the Silver Bear of Berlin Film Festival 1996, this film was the first one where Katariina Lillqvist combined animation and documentary elements.

Animation and History

Two films about the Finnish Civil War 1918

Camera Cagliostro has a strong tradition in producing animated films for adult audiences too. Especially through puppet animation, it is possible to deal with the hard and emotional topics like the stories from the Finnish Civil War of 1918, which was one of the cruellest in the history of Europe.

Animation and History: Mannerheim and the Death puppets

Director Katariina Lillqvist was born in Tampere, which was the central battlefield of the Civil War. Still during her schoolyears in the 70`s, the war history officially remained as a taboo- but every childen still knew, on which side of the war their grandparents fighted. The mass graves were unlabelled, but the stories and songs survived, and finally the third generation felt a strong desire to deal with the censored thematics through art and literature.

So did Lillqvist too, and her film ” The Maiden and and the Soldier “ ( 1995 ) was her first attempt to unveil the secrets of the war. The story was based on the memories of the director´s grandmother, but the visual style and the ballad-like dramatisation was still leaning towards the more folkloristic genre.

The maiden and the soldier Puppet movie

On ” Far Away from Ural “ ( 2008 ), Lillqvist worked with the thematics more directly: the film is based on interviews and authentic archive materials from the battle of Tampere during spring 1918. Together with Finnish writer Hannu Salama, she collected the stories for almost six years, and the first version of the ” Ural ” was a radio feature for Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE at 2006.

Although the radio feature was more controversial than the film, only the visual version caused the biggest scandal ever in the history of Finnish animation. This was mostly due to one single picture, which was prematurely published in Finnish yellow newspaper Iltalehti in March 2008. In the picture, a puppet alteration of Finnish first president Mannerheim is posing in a a velvet corset together with his Kirghis lover, a servant boy who later died mysteriously in Finland. Speaking openly about homosexuality of one of the most mythological heroes in the modern Finnish history , though it was not the main topic of the film, was still too much for the conservatives and extreme Lutherans of the North : the film caused a heated debate in all Finnish medias, the nation was again divided into two opposite parties, and a parlamentary request on the censoring of the film was made in April 2008 by the Christian Democrats.

Camera Cagliostro

Finnish-born, yet international film co-operative Camera Cagliostro has been producing puppet animations, art documentaries and radio features for almost 30 years.

Founded by Finnish director Katariina Lillqvist in 1991, Cagliostro was in the beginning a a free group of young artists, concentrating mostly in Czech-Finnish co-productions- naturally in the field of puppet animation as this was the director´s main subject while studying in former Czechoslovakia. The name of the company is a homage to late artist Juhani Harri who was one of the first mentors of the group, and to his collage  ” Cagliostro Sails ”  , portrayed below , which made a strong influence on the visual development of the young company.

Katariina Lillqvist was also working as a trainee at the legendary Studio Jiri Trnka in Prague, where she met her key crew members with whom she is working still today.

When the company started to produce also documentaries during the late Nineties, it changed into co-operative, with 7 Finnish and 3 Czech film professionals. Apart from the traditional Finnish partners, like YLE1 and YLE 2, Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK & others, Cagliostro soon got more European partners as well.

Nowadays Cagliostro has two headquarters, one in Finland, one in Czech, and an Prague-based independent animation studio with it´s own technics and workshops and regular free-lancers. It also develops the Museum of Puppet Arts , where the collections of Cagliostro´s film puppets and decorations are exhibited. At the moment the Museum is moving to Finland, where the new exhibition will be opened in cooperation with Lapinlahden Lähde, www.lapinlahdenlahde.fi, in 2017 in the exhibition house ” Venetsia ” by the Baltic Sea.

 

Important part Cagliostro´s working philosophy is multiculturalism, tolerance and  anti-racistic film education. Beside the film festivals and TV screenings, a growing method of distribution of the cooperative´s   works are through various human rights organizations, minority cultural centers ( especially Roma and Kurdish ) and other alternative bodies.

 

Contacts

 

Katariina Lillqvist – executive director,

documentary, animation and script writing services

katariina.lillqvist@gmail.com

Viktor Mayer, executive producer:

international co-productions, film and av-services in Czechland

info@studiokvint.cz

 

Onni Lillqvist, 2nd producer:

Czech locations and casting,

alternative distribution & student exchance and volunteer  projects

onni.lillqvist@gmail.com