Man With A Video Camera


Petri Hagner, born in 1971, is a Master of Fine Arts, a film director and a rock musician. In 1997, Hagner moved to Poland where he undertook studies at the National Film School of Poland (PWSFTviT) in Lodz. Before his studies, in 1993 through 1997, Hagner played in the rock band Circle. After finishing his studies, he returned to Finland to work as a freelancer in the film industry. About the film: Esko Lönnberg has left his middle-class job in Sweden and returned to his hometown of Pori, Finland. Now he has taken up filmmaking. His first project is a film about the rock band, Circle. The film follows Esko Lönnberg who is making the film. Lönnberg, a 59-year-old HVAC manager, left his job in Sweden and returned to his hometown of Pori, Finland, to pursue his artistic desires. In Pori, he found kindred spirits in the local experimental band Circle whose members are half of his age. The shooting for the Circle movie mostly takes place in the countryside where the band is recording their next album. The circumstances turn out to be chaotic, but Esko tries to keep the crowd together, even though he does not know himself if he is going to end up with fiction or non-fiction -- and problems ensue. Disagreements disappear, however, when the gang gets together to share sacred moments around the dinner table, to watch sports on TV or to play in the recording room, where Esko captures everything essential and unessential on video while the band plays. When filming the musicians in action, Esko almost becomes part of the band. He throws himself into the music with his whole body and does not pay much attention to what his instrument, the video camera, is recording. In spite of some discord and even heated tones, the making of the Circle movie radiates an air of friendship. It ties the crowd together, regardless of the weight of each individual performance. In the end, the greatest rewards seem to be the work itself and the shared experiences. Besides being an account of filmmaking, Man With A Video Camera is a film about the significance of choices in life and their consequences. The film premiered at Tampere Film Festival, 2010 and received an honorary mention in the over 30-minute movies category. This DVD release also includes Naked Sushi Lunch, a 30-minute documentary by Petri Hagner. 50 + 30 minutes. Region Free DVD (PAL & NTSC, two-sided).