PÖFF : BNFF

Animated Realities - Short Documentaries

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Doc@Shorts

Are you just as tired of the corona talk as we are? Well, enter the cinema and join us in an escape to the animated reality of this year’s documentaries. We will avoid the (post)pandemic small talk altogether and instead we will revisit themes that have been pushed aside. The queer, the grieving, the disavantaged, the colonized and the industrialized will be given a voice. Both stories of the past and those talking of the present will make appearances on the big screen. Now that we’re vaccinated it’s time to shift the reflectors and shine the light on the forgotten issues around us. Come weep, rage, listen and rethink the reality with us.

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening101606 / Animeeritud tegelikkus - lühidokumentaalid
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningAnimeeritud tegelikkus - lühidokumentaalid

Films

Baltic premiere

Freedom Swimmer

Local title
Vabaduse ujuja
Title in Russian
Freedom Swimmer
Director
Olivia Martin-McGuire
Country
France, Australia
Year
2021
Programme
Doc@Shorts

When there is no choice left. A father’s story of his perilous swim from China to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution rhythmically parallels his son’s weekly fight for freedom in the Hong Kong protests now. An intergenerational story.

Director
Olivia Martin-McGuire
Runtime
Language
Chinese

Baltic premiere

Darwin’s Notebook

Local title
Darwini märkmik
Title in Russian
Darwin’s Notebook
Director
Georges Schwizgebel
Country
Switzerland
Year
2020
Programme
Doc@Shorts

The return of three Anglicizied natives people to their county, or the beginning of a meeting with the modern world that will destroy them.

Director
Georges Schwizgebel
Runtime
Trailer

Baltic premiere

YUGO

Local title
Ike
Title in Russian
YUGO
Director
Carlos Gómez Salamanca
Country
France, Colombia
Year
2021
Programme
Doc@Shorts

YUGO * (yoke): (i) A rudimentary tool used in the basic processes of agrarian production. (ii) Law or superior domination that subjugates and compels to obey. (iii) m. Heavy burden, imprisonment, ties. / Testimonies from relatives trace the itinerary of a woman and a man forced to leave their native countryside to settle in the outskirts of Bogotá and work on the industrial creation of decorative pieces for trucks…

On a lifetime scale, it questions the capitalist and liberal economic development of Latin America and its consequences on humans beings, through the environmental and societal changes it generates.

Director
Carlos Gómez Salamanca
Runtime
Language
Spanish

Baltic premiere

Rites of Spring

Local title
Kevaderituaalid
Title in Russian
Rites of Spring
Director
Yiorgos Tsangaris
Country
Cyprus
Year
2021
Programme
Doc@Shorts

Christian Orthodox tradition and travelling theatre troupes with their pagan roots are two seemingly opposite worlds, both mysterious and both enchanting to the author.

Director
Yiorgos Tsangaris
Runtime
Trailer

Baltic premiere

The Seine's tears

Local title
Seine'i pisarad
Title in Russian
The Seine's tears
Original title
Les larmes de la Seine
Director
Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur
Country
France
Year
2021
Programme
Doc@Shorts

17 october 1961, "Algerian workers" get down the streets to manifest against the mandatory curfew imposed by the Police prefecture.

Director
Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur
Runtime
Language
Arabic, French
Trailer

Baltic premiere

The train driver

Local title
Rongijuht
Title in Russian
The train driver
Director
Christian Wittmoser, Zuniel Kim
Country
Germany
Year
2021
Programme
Doc@Shorts

The five-minute animated documentary film "The Train Driver" is about Bernd Ziegler. Throughout his professional life he has killed six people because they threw themselves in front of his train. How does a train driver handle this?

Director
Christian Wittmoser, Zuniel Kim
Runtime
Language
German

Baltic premiere

Tatata

Local title
Tema tema tema
Title in Russian
Tatata
Original title
他她他
Director
YiYangSun
Country
China
Year
2020
Programme
Doc@Shorts

Based on the research, interviews and records of the three conditions of Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, Chondropathy, Marfan syndrome, I made these three personal pseudo-documentary animations. "He She He" not only represent the three of them, but also represent all of us who are neglected and need to establish emotional connections around us.

Director
YiYangSun
Runtime
Language
Japanese, English, Chinese
Trailer

Baltic premiere

There is exactly enough time

Local title
Meil on täpselt piisavalt aega
Title in Russian
There is exactly enough time
Original title
Es ist genau genug Zeit
Director
Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz
Country
Austria
Year
2021
Programme
Doc@Shorts

Oskar Salomonowitz, the 12-year-old son of filmmakers Anja Salomonowitz and Virgil Widrich, had drawn 206 pictures in a flip book when he died in an accident. His father continued to draw the film with the remaining 482 sheets.

Director
Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz
Runtime

All Those Sensations in My Belly

Local title
Kõik need tunnetused mu kõhus
Title in Russian
All Those Sensations in My Belly
Original title
Sve te senzacije u mom trbuhu
Director
Marko Djeska
Country
Croatia, Portugal
Year
2020
Programme
Doc@Shorts

While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.

Director
Marko Djeska
Runtime
Language
Croatian