The Eternal Sleep of the Man

The Eternal Sleep of the Man (Ihmisen ikuinen uni) is a collaborative film by Sami Sänpäkkilä and Anna-Mari Nousiainen. It is available for screenings as a one channel nine minute short film with surround sound or as a 15 channel installation with two stereo audio channels.

15-channels | 30 s – 4 min loops | 2 stereo channels | 16:9, 4:3, 2.39:1 | HD | 2018
1-channel | 9 min | 5.1 surround | 2.35:1 | HD | DCP | 2018

Directed and written and edited by Sami Sänpäkkilä, Anna-Mari Nousiainen
Cinematography: Sami Sänpäkkilä, Anna-Mari Nousiainen, Valtteri Piira
Sound design: Samuli Ala-lahti
Music: Es / Sami Sänpäkkilä
Assistants: Toni Laakso, Sunna Junkkila
Actors: Anu Nousiainen, Ville Pirinen, Reetta Turtiainen, Diina Bukareva, Laura Laukkanen, Paula Nousiainen, Essi Rossi, Netta Lempiäinen, Jasu Parviainen, Samuli Gröhn, Vilma Lehtovaara, Minja Koski, Ida-Maria Olva, Leevi Ikonen.
Support by: Taike, SKR

The Eternal Sleep of The Man depicts magical realism and seeks solace in our urban environment. In the passage titled #suomineito (Finnish maiden) a woman in blue clothes and blue hair hangs upside down from a rope in a tree. In the passage Kultasuu (Goldmouth) Nousiainen cuts her hair in the middle of a golden glitter rain and in another passage a man reads a burning book and sings of hope.

The film draws influence from the pop and underground culture both Nousiainen and Sänpäkkilä have ingested in their lives. Despite their age difference both artists’ cultural influences stem from the same Hollywood film and indie art sources.


Sami Sänpäkkilä is a visual artist, filmmaker, and musician living in Tampere. His work has been shown in places such as the Mänttä Art Festival and MoMA in New York. He received the art prize for the region of Pirkanmaa in 2014.

Anna-Mari Nousiainen is a filmmaker and artist, whose work has been exhibited at numerous festivals and galleries. Her first short film, Glitter Stories, won 1st prize at the Artova Film Festival in 2015. She has also directed many music videos for Finnish performing artists.

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