PLAYERS (8', The Netherlands, 2010)

 

PLAYERS provides a documentary peek into the lives of six professional poker players who have chosen Bangkok as their home base. While one of them, soberly explains the rules within their community, the artist herself, PILVI TAKALA, plays all the roles. We see her – sometimes as multiples – at the snooker table, in a restaurant, in front of the TV or at the swimming pool. The daily routine of this poker community is structured and organized around the logic of playing poker. The game becomes unwillingly life itself.

Director: PILVI TAKALA

With the support of:

 

Cast: FINN JAAKKO

Screenplay: PILVI TAKALA

Cinematography: PILVI TAKALA

Editing: PILVI TAKALA

Producer: THEUS ZWAKHALS

Production: NETHERLANDS MEDIA ART INSTITUTE



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NETHERLANDS MEDIA ART INSTITUTE

THEUS ZWAKHALS

31 20 6237101, 31 20 6244423

www.nimk.nl

theus[at]nimk[dot]nl

 

Director's contact: pilvi[dot]takala[at]gmail[dot]com

 

 

PILVI TAKALA currently lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated in 2006 from Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki (MFA). Her works are narratives based on site-specific interventions and actions, sort of exceptions in everyday life. The actions aim to reveal and question unwritten rules and shared truths of the specific social setting in a subtle way. The actual artworks produced based on the actions are mostly videos, but also photographs and publications.

 

Oberhausen 2012 / Rotterdam 2012

 

"PLAYERS portrays a community of 6 poker professionals who live among a larger poker community in Bangkok.  Playing poker is more just a way to make money than a passion for them, but the rules that govern their community follow the logic of the game. They use probability theory, the fundamental theory of poker, to ensure that they treat each other justly, and that everyone contributes equally.  The systematic and analytic way these poker players look at everyday life may seem absurd, and their life style is easy to judge, but this shock might be more over their ignoring their original society than over the way they have built their own.” (PILVI TAKALA)

 

“This film structurally combines virtual reality (images of online poker games, iphone apps) with objective reality (urban landscapes, routinized hotel, ordinary habits). Finn Jaakko, one of the protagonists, explains the conventions of the online poker community, while the author of the film embodies on screen multiple roles simultaneously, in order to illustrate the frame-story. Unconsciously invading the rules of their lives, poker stops being just a game for its believers, unyieldingly becoming a Weltanschauung. And this might stay as a common rule for any other human passion or obsession.“ (Ioana Mischie, BIEFF 2012)

 

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