Studies on the Ecology of Drama

“How to depict living things? How to approach them? How to convey a different way of being, another being's world? How to make it into a continuous event that becomes part of our idea of reality?”
Studies on the Ecology of Drama uses the methods of presentation as a path to the company of other living beings. It expands upon the issues of ecological moving image narrative, focussing on presentation, imaging, and imagination in the context of the moving image.
Making the ecology of drama visible requires establishing a reflexive distance and a representational dimension whereby the processes of technological recording and the expressive devices of the moving image can be made perceivable. A human actor leads us through the argument of the film. In the style of a lecture performance she introduces the themes of the work by conducting reduction exercises with the surroundings: a field, a forest, a garden, a corral. Other performers in the work include a bush, a juniper tree, a common swift, a horse, a brimstone butterfly, and a group of human acrobats.
by Eija-Liisa Ahtila
with Kati Outinen, Hugo Husky, Gebüsch, Wacholder, Eiche, Faulbaum, Ufra, Dschowo's Harrison, Zitronenfalter, Tapio Laakkonen, Myrsky, Annamari, Hedda, Nora, Jilka
Finland 2017 Finnish 26’ Colour


  • Kati Outinen (Woman)
  • Hugo Husky (Old Husky)
  • Gebüsch, Wacholder, Eiche, Faulbaum (Plants)
  • Ufra (Horse)
  • Dschowo's Harrison (Dog)
  • Zitronenfalter (Butterfly)
  • Tapio Laakkonen (Trampoline acrobat)
  • Myrsky, Annamari, Hedda, Nora, Jilka (Acrobats)


Written and Directed by Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Cinematography Arto Kaivanto
Editing Heikki Kotsalo
Sound Design Peter Nordström
Producer Ilppo Pohjola

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, born in 1959 in Hämeenlinna, Finland, is an artist and filmmaker who works with moving image making spatial multiple screen installations and short films. Her works have been exhibited in museums, biennales, and film festivals around the world. In 2011 she was appointed to the main jury of the Venice Film Festival and in 2013 she was the Chairwoman of the Jury in FIDMarseille. She is currently doing her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.

Filmography (selection)

1993 Me/We, Okay, Gray; 2 min. 1996 If 6 was 9; 10 min. 1997 Today; 10 min. 1999 Consolation Service; 23 min. 2002 Love is a Treasure; 55 min. 2009 The Hour of Prayer; 16 min. · Where is Where?; 56 min. 2011 The Annunciation; 38 min. 2017 Studies on the Ecology of Drama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017