PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

Animated Journeys: On the Edge

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

We still need our screen journeys even if we are completely free to travel. Our inner demons, journeys into dangerous and sometimes despicable customs, or simply a journey back home are not always pleasant, but they are there for us to watch and learn.

How much do you have to pay to fulfill your dream, and become a dancer? What happens if you’re just a soldier obeying orders facing a non-orderly situation? Father and daughter relationships are constantly negotiated, and relationships over time are tested. Journeys take place in open spaces, like a monumental arch in an unknown capital or the road to a volcano; they also occur in closed spaces, like a prison cell, or an oppressive palace.

Nature is the catalyst for the events to occur, and art can be both a medicine and an obsession. These personal journeys are sweet and tough at the same time, can have their predictable course or let the character face the unknown. A slice of life itself, still told in an exciting way.

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening091602 / Animeeritud rännakud: noateral
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningAnimeeritud rännakud: noateral

Films

Guard of Honour

Local title
Auvalvur
Title in Russian
Guard of Honour
Director
Edmunds Jansons
Country
Latvia
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

The guards of honour are standing in front of the historical symbol of the state. No matter what season and weather is out there, they continue to fulfill their obligation, the obligation of honour. Is there a border beyond which this honourable loyalty begin to look exaggerated?

Director
Edmunds Jansons
Runtime
Trailer

Inside

Local title
Sees
Title in Russian
Director
Yann Chapotel
Country
France
Year
2020
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

This animated documentary takes you right into the mind of a person dealing with anorexia. In a black and white world where everything revolves around food, there is no space for emotions of joy...

Director
Yann Chapotel
Runtime
Language
Czech

Baltic premiere

The Visit

Local title
Külastus
Title in Russian
The Visit
Director
Morrie Tan Shu Zhen
Country
Singapore
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

Month after month, Ting makes a trip to visit Father in prison. Forced to carry the emotional burden as a child of an incarcerated parent and a victim of circumstances, she is offered an opportunity for connection with Father but only through a glass panel in a windowless cell. But even in these trying conditions, Ting is determined to not let anything separate her Father from her and realities of the world.

Director
Morrie Tan Shu Zhen
Runtime
Language
English, Chinese

Baltic premiere

Navozande, the musician

Local title
Muusik Navozande
Title in Russian
Navozande, the musician
Original title
Navozande, le musicien
Director
Reza Riahi
Country
France
Year
2020
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

At the time of the attack of the Mongols, a young musician and the love of his life are separated from each other. Fifty years later, the musician is summoned to perform at the castle of the Mongols where his beloved is being held.

Director
Reza Riahi
Runtime
Language
Italian, English, French

Baltic premiere

Red Shoes

Local title
Punased kingad
Title in Russian
Red Shoes
Original title
Rudé boty
Director
Anna Paděrová
Country
Czechia
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

The village dance has begun, the skirts are spinning and feet are stamping to the rhythm of the dance. However, Róza hasn’t been invited to dance with anyone just yet. All of a sudden an unknown stranger appears, inviting Róza to dance, giving her a pair of red shoes. Thanks to them, Róza starts to dance, wildly and with great passion, quickly becoming the center of attention. Soon after she realizes that she can't control the shoes, the shoes are controlling her…It is a story of desire, which swiftly turns into obsession. Inspired by old European folk tales, the film was created by using a unique technique of animation of painting-on-glass. Film contains elements of romanticism and Slavic folklore.

Director
Anna Paděrová
Runtime
Language
Czech
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Homebird

Local title
Kodulind
Title in Russian
Homebird
Director
Ewa Smyk
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

Struggling to make it in a big city, a young artist finds herself retreating into the rose-tinted memories of the village she left behind.

Director
Ewa Smyk
Runtime

Baltic premiere

Amayi

Local title
Amayi
Title in Russian
Amayi
Director
Subarna D
Country
India
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

Amayi is a story of a woman who is haunted by nightmares of her past and her possible future of becoming the next village circumciser. When she is asked to take up the job and circumcise her daughter, she realizes she can't conform to the traditions and the customs of her community, she must fight back.

Director
Subarna D
Runtime

Baltic premiere

Noir-Soleil

Local title
Must päike
Title in Russian
Noir-Soleil
Director
Marie Larrivé
Country
France
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Panorama

After an earthquake in Naples bay, the body of a man is found. While Dino and his daughter, Victoria, travel to Italy for a DNA test, the past catches up with them.

Director
Marie Larrivé
Runtime
Trailer