European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

The Fantastic

by Maija Blåfield

(Documentary, Finland, 2020, 30’, C, En ST)

The Fantastic

Alternating documentary footage and visual effects, the film is built on interviews with exiled North Koreans, who describe what they imagined the outside world to be like, based on their experiences of watching smuggled western fiction films.


The Fantastic isn’t a film about North Korea. The film reverses the set-up where westerners are peeping in on the everyday life of the closed-off state. In this film, it is the North Koreans who direct their curiosity at the outside world. As the film tells as much as imagination as the reality, the visual effects are used in addition to the documentary footage.” Maija Blåfield

Maija Blåfield
Maija Blåfield

Maija Blåfield is a filmmaker and artist from Helsinki, Finland, who moves between documentary film and contemporary art. Her films have been screened at festivals Hot Docs and Visions du Réel and awarded at numerous film festivals. The films are as well exhibited in galleries and art museums like Kiasma and Frankfurter Kunstverein. She runs her own production company, Häivekuva.

Other movies: Competition Prix Sauvage Corto