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Asphalto – structural screening

1999
Projected installation with special screen monolith
45 min loop
S-8+35 mm/HD
Audio 5.1

ASPHALTO – AN ARIA FOR 13 DEMOLITION DERBY CARS, GIRLS & GAS STATIONS is a structuralist film projection. Its keywords are: deconstruction, demolition, destruction. It aims to deconstruct classical film narrative techniques while describing, by means of demolition and destruction, the difficulty of communication, encounter, and relationship.

Asphalto – An Aria for 13 Demolition Derby Cars, Girls & Gas Stations describes the relationship between a man and a woman by means of metaphor and visual symbols related to asphalt, service stations, and automotive sports. It aims to achieve a unified formal language, created gradually by an expanding wall of sound, collage-like superimpositions, the fictional demolition derby sequences and the experimental documentation of thirteen Finnish service stations twice, with a thirteen-year interval.

Asphalto – An Aria for 13 Demolition Derby Cars, Girls & Gas Stations is a conceptual narrative with documentary material captured inside a levitating monolith.
 

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CAST 
Irina Björklund 
Peter Franzen 
Demolition drivers 
Gas station models
CREW
Written & directed by ILPPO POHJOLA
Monologue HARRY GAMBOA, JR.
Cinematography ARTO KAIVANTO
Set design KIMMO VISKARI
Editing HEIKKI SALO
Sound design JIM MCKEE
Music MERZBOW
Voice-over KAI GAHNSTRÖM
Financial support AVEK, FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION
In co-operation with YLE/TV1
Producer ILPPO POHJOLA / CRYSTAL EYE