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  • Carnival Pilgrims

  • Original Title:
  • Carnival Pilgrims
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  • Year:
  • 2019

  • Pilgrims dragging heavy cross through Via Dolorosa… Couple in hysterical frenzy at the sight of Santa Claus… Struggle for the perfect selfie with Mona Lisa… Backpackers arriving to the village of rumoured cannibals… Another day is about to begin in the theme park Planet Earth. A day exactly like the one before. Same routines, same rituals, always exciting, never surprising. Here adventures are safe, myths real, paradises earthly and the tourist is the hero. We’ve all been there. Every modern person travels. We all know what tourism is all about… Or do we? Carnival Pilgrims is an exploration on the essence of the tourist experience, taking a hard look at what is in fact going on at these contemporary pilgrimage sites. Where does this restless desire to rest far away comes from? 

    Director’s Statement: We are so busy dreaming about where, when and how, that we often fail to ask why. When researching the tourist experience, I was baffled how little is known about the subject matter. And yet its clear that tourism is extremely important for us. Just look at the way we display our travels in our living rooms. Souvenirs are right next to the crucifix, chairman Mao, children’s photos… In this project I see unique opportunity to probe deep into phenomena that is utterly familiar, yet suspiciously unexplored. 

  • Director:
  • Mika Mattila
  • Genre:
  • Documentary
  • Duration:
  • Status:
  • In Production
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Ideasthetic Oy
    Mika Mattila
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  • Available
  • About the Director:
    Mika Mattila is a director and cinematographer specialising in creative documentaries that explore the boundaries of the genre. Mattila emphasizes global perspectives in terms of subject matters, collaborators and audiences. His directorial debut, Chimeras, has toured the festival circuit across the globe, gaining critical acclaim.
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  • Carnival Pilgrims

  • Carnival Pilgrims
  • Year:
  • 2019

  • Director:
  • Mika Mattila
  • Genre:
  • Documentary
  • Duration:
  • Status:
  • In Production
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Ideasthetic Oy
    Mika Mattila
  • Sales Company:
  • Available
  • Pilgrims dragging heavy cross through Via Dolorosa… Couple in hysterical frenzy at the sight of Santa Claus… Struggle for the perfect selfie with Mona Lisa… Backpackers arriving to the village of rumoured cannibals… Another day is about to begin in the theme park Planet Earth. A day exactly like the one before. Same routines, same rituals, always exciting, never surprising. Here adventures are safe, myths real, paradises earthly and the tourist is the hero. We’ve all been there. Every modern person travels. We all know what tourism is all about… Or do we? Carnival Pilgrims is an exploration on the essence of the tourist experience, taking a hard look at what is in fact going on at these contemporary pilgrimage sites. Where does this restless desire to rest far away comes from? 

    Director’s Statement: We are so busy dreaming about where, when and how, that we often fail to ask why. When researching the tourist experience, I was baffled how little is known about the subject matter. And yet its clear that tourism is extremely important for us. Just look at the way we display our travels in our living rooms. Souvenirs are right next to the crucifix, chairman Mao, children’s photos… In this project I see unique opportunity to probe deep into phenomena that is utterly familiar, yet suspiciously unexplored. 

  • About the Director:
    Mika Mattila is a director and cinematographer specialising in creative documentaries that explore the boundaries of the genre. Mattila emphasizes global perspectives in terms of subject matters, collaborators and audiences. His directorial debut, Chimeras, has toured the festival circuit across the globe, gaining critical acclaim.