Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri is the recipient of TheWIFTS Best Short Film 2017. Her short film, Through The Supermarket In Five Easy Pieces, is a profound and transparent view of modern family life. The film looks at the qualities of the family's togetherness versus their disintegration, and conveys the need of the original strife of the children to separate and go their own way and explore the world and the struggle of the parents to keep the family together
Through The Supermarket In Five Easy Pieces
Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri is a filmmaker and storyteller based in the heart of Scandinavia. With roots from both the Icelandic sagas and the Danish new wave drama she has been nourishing her talent of storytelling in the compelling silence of the Finnish marshlands.
Her repertoire includes features films, plays for the theatre, film scripts and short stories as well as commercial videos. With a background in Photography she has a strong visual language that emphasises atmosphere and moods. Her strongest tool for creating her work is a deep sympathetic emotional connection to the surrounding world and the people and life within it.
Of the many short films that TheWIFTS Screening Committee saw Joakimsdottir-Hutri approach immediately struck a chord of authentic spirituality within its frames. Extracts from Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri on reflections of how she approached the subject matter.
The Mother and Father caught in indecisiveness by the overwhelming possibilities of choice
“My overall thoughts reflect on the problems of definition of genre and about negotiating a language for documenting movement. Moreover it treats the origins of the story and how this generated the movement material. It describes the underlying narrative pattern translated into the moulding of the characters. My thoughts also reflect how transcended mythical archetype can be found in the most banal life situation and raises the question if you treat the subject of spiritual wholeness through the physicality of the characters and the impact they have on each other.
at the oil and vinegar shelf.
“In this dance film a family tries to manage through the weekly grocery shopping without disintegrating. The moment they enter the supermarket the children go off in separate directions and the parents face the overwhelming load of merchandise under the time pressure of a closing store. Will they be able to gather the supplies for existence and still come out of the store with all the children?
“The story is also a metaphor to the five classical elements earth, air, fire, water and ether, of how they strive into different directions but still keep together as one.
The scene where the family enters the supermarket. We called the choreography "The lump".
“As a traditional film director I faced the challenge of integrating choreography and narrative with the risk of everything becoming a mimetic illustration. I wanted to know how to work with the physicality of the different character's energies to tell the story.
“Moreover I wanted to avoid the movement material to ‘step out of the fiction’ and become something separate from story. I wanted to research if the physicality of the five different characters could tell the story holistically.” In conclusion of her article Anna Marie asks: “Did the story of the family facing the ordeals in the supermarket transcend to a story about what energies hold the family together? Did our experiment of using the most banal everyday situation bear fruit on a subconscious level to touch something spiritual?”
Read the full narratives of physicality in Through The Supermarket In Five Easy Pieces by Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri at www.tottemoproduction.com
Filmography: Directors short-film filmography:
2017 / Through the supermarket in five easy pieces:
2011 / George & Lydia: 2009 / Blue Dolphin: 2009 / the Apple Thieves: 2006 / SAM: 2001 / Lilja