THE STAR TRAVELLER - Anne Pajuluoma
The very questions of human
existence - origin, purpose and aim, and the circle
of life and death -
Particularly in our modern western
societies we are taught to believe only in what we
see and what
The Star Traveler is an exceptional
literary work. It transcends times and spaces, it
embraces religion, philosophy, and metaphysics, as
well as technology, psychology and cosmic poetics.
The book has a Message from the
Space to people on the Earth. Even the most
sceptical scientist should not turn his ear to this
Message, there is more beyond our lives than the
I am writing this in Kyoto, Japan,
and have just seen an exhibition of about 1000 years
old paintings, which are full of Heavenly figures
ascending or descending the Space, surrounded by
beauty and beams of light. The images are esoteric
and metaphorical, but for a Japanese philosopher
these religo-artistic expressions were
manifestations and messages, at their time, of the
absolute great nothingness, the profoundest origin
of all, which was far, and beyond common
After having read Anne Pajuluoma´s THE STAR TRAVELER one knows what she means.
Kyoto, October 1998.
Sonja Servomaa, Dr.
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Documentary film, 35 min, dolby
digital, 35 mm film, dvd video
Writer Anne Pajuluoma and the artist Jarmo Ylänen of Helsinki do not lead quite a normal life. Their existence, frugal and meagre in material terms, is surrounded by a world of miracle. Their daughter, lost and sorely missed, is growing up on the planet Sirius, and their everyday life is secured by unexpected interplanetary visitors. Anne likes to stay at home spending her time writing poems, remembering a few visits to Sirius and looking after Jarmo, whose health has been eroded by work...
On the means of the film
“Star Dwellers” is based on a dialogue of documentary and fictive scenes. The documentary video material (mini DV) presents the everyday life of the leading characters, while the 16mm black-and-white film material expands documentary reality towards the imaginary world of the characters. The film also contains 35mm footage in colour. The alternation of different film and video materials establishes visual layers in the film that seek to interpret the different levels of reality experienced by the characters and the lack of any boundaries when moving between them.
The use of documentary expression, here to present a reality appearing to be almost incredible, required the inclusion of fictive sequences. The film contains acted and staged scenes, and also a reconstruction of Anne’s visit to the planet Sirius C as told by her...
The film is partly based on the
poetry anthologies of Anne Pajuluoma and her novels:
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