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Aho & Soldan

24 May 201329 May 2013

Brothers Heikki Aho and Björn Soldanthe former an engineer, the latter a photographerwere pioneers of Finnish documentary. Founded in 1925, the Aho & Soldan company produced over 400 documentaries, ranging in subject matter from ethnography to propaganda.

Thanks to the latest developments in film stock, and a distinctive aesthetic focus, the company gained prestige both as a commercial and an artistic body. Drawing influence from contemporary European avant-garde movements in film and photography, Aho & Soldan's diverse body of work married cultural tradition and patriotism with images of a modern industrial nation.

Presented in conjunction with The Photographers' Gallery

  • Juha


    24 May 2013

    In 18th century Eastern Finland, the eponymous farmer Juha raises and then marries the orphaned Marja, only for her to fall prey to the advances of visiting trader Shemeikka. Hailed as a classic of Nordic cinema, Juha is the only full-length feature film produced by Aho & Soldan.

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    Finland Calling + Programme 1: Heikki and Björn

    25 May 2013

    A programme of commercially produced films for trade and industry which demonstrate the duo's proclivity for presenting perhaps otherwise fairly dry subject material in a visually engaging fashion.

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    Programme 2: Claire Aho + Tempo

    26 May 2013

    Heikki Aho’s daughter Claire is the unifying figure for this second programme of shorts. Followed by Tempo, a silently lyrical documentary of the paper-making process in Finland, which presents this large-scale manufacturing process as an object of aesthetic appreciation.

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    29 May 2013

    A fascinatingly layered essay film that charts a century in Finnish history, using the prism of the Aho-Soldan family to explore concepts of time and memory, of national identity, and of the way the arts both reflect and enrich a society.

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