The Old Woman

‘The barrenness of the landscape unlocked the ascetics of her mind. There were no dark corners in her core. Her comfort was found in the silence of the landscape, her assurance in the frames made of granite rock. The old woman looked out to the sea. She saw the waves which rolled with a determined certainty towards the shore. They dictated the rhythm that crept deep inside her body. The sea was the isolator and the solder. With one whisk of her tail she could destroy the most audacious of spirits and test their faith in sanity. With salt she corroded the skin and whitened the hair. With time she softened the hardest of rocks. She could give and she would take according to her own plan. Yet she had no hatred in her, it was simply the manifestations of her ample vigour’. –Kaiku


‘The Old Woman’ is the first short film from the Kaiku series and is based on the book titled Kaiku.’The Old Woman’ is an exploration of solitude through sound and image and portrays the landscape of an old woman called Aino’s soul. The film was shot during a three month stay on a treeless lighthouse island of Bengtskär in the Baltic Sea in Finland. The island comprises just 0.77 sq miles of granite rock with a lighthouse which rises 52 meters above sea level, the tallest in Scandinavia.

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