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Magic Night - Taikayö (FIN)

Hannes Tiira is completely blind. Every night from the beginning of May to the second week of July, he takes a solitary walk into a bird grove that is split by a straight one-kilometre-long forest path. He counts and classifies the nightly singers in the grove, from the first warbler in spring to the last whistler in July. The birds' songs make up a concert that Hannes wants to experience every night, over and over again.

He hopes to come across a Magic Night that may occur just once in a summer: “Each summer is blessed with one or two magical nights. Those are the twilight hours between two hot days, when the sound world of the grove intoxicates your mind. That is when nothing feels unlikely: birds, birds, birds!”

“I can sense everything, even the beauty of a landscape, even though I am blind. Every night as I walk in the forest, I ask myself: Is this possible, have I gone to birdmen's heaven?”

Director: Jouni Hiltunen Run time: 15 min

11.12.2013. 19:25

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