To Begin focuses on the dynamics of pain and compassion. Shot entirely of close-ups of a woman’s face, it conveys a psychological state of extreme physical effort and magnified discomfort. The film has no ending and so examines the pain of waiting and enduring.

-Angela Rosenberg, Andreas Schlaegel: ’Aperto Helsinki & Beyond’, Flash Art International, May-June 2002

16mm film on DVD
Duration 3 min 30 sec loop
Cinematography: Pini Hellstedt
Sound design: Pauliina Ståhlberg
Editing: Fanni Niemi-Junkola