99 Years of My Life

Films & Video, Text-based

Short film, duration: 33 min, 2003




One fictional biography depicted from birth to death, based on the lives and memories of four women of different age. Each year in the film is reduced to three sentences, a list that runs from 0 to 99. This narration is illustrated via a collection of cinematographic styles and media: archive footage, home video, still photography, animation, film noir-styled scenes, and performance documentation.

The film has been awarded with the shared silver prize in Cannes Film Festival 2004 in Category ”Cinéfondation”, ”The Best Experimental Film” in Mediawave Film Festival 2004, ”The Audience Award” in L’Alternativa Film Festival 2004 and the ”Teamword Prize” in Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2004. It is also part of the collections of MoMA and Kiasma Contemporary Museum of Art.


Credit list:

Directing & script: Marja Viitahuhta (former Marja Mikkonen)
Cinematography: Sini Liimatainen
Editing: Azar Saiyar
Sound Design: Jussi Vuola
Animation: Veera Luhtala, Sakari Luhtala
Lights: Sakari Luhtala, Vitalius KiselijusMusic: Antti Tolvi, Marja Viitahuhta, Jussi Vuola
Actors: numerous (incl. Marja Viitahuhta, Martti Aartola, Annika Dahlsten, Maija Hirvanen, Pia Kalenius, Essi Kausalainen, Joonas Kiviharju, Aapo Korkeaoja, Sini Liimatainen, Sakari Luhtala, Hanna Oksanen, Ronja Oksanen, Santos Parrilla, Sofia Parrilla, Suvi Parrilla, Anja Saiyar, Azar Saiyar, Irma Truhponen, Teuvo Truhponen, Tuomo Truhponen, Lahja Tuominen, Vilho Tuominen, Taneli Viitahuhta, Lars Wingård, Topi Äikäs)
Production: Marja Viitahuhta and Sini Liimatainen / Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy
Distribution support: Finnish Film Foundation SES