PÖFF : BNFF

Black Nights Comedy

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

“Dying Is Easy. Comedy is Hard.” This quote, attributed to the late actor Edmund Gwenn, perhaps has more of a ring of truth around it than we might initially feel. After all, drama has a universality, with love, suffering and death all touching us in similar ways, no matter where we come from. But comedy seems much more culturally specific. References can fly over our heads. Hilarious wordplay can be rendered mute in translation.

But the comedies here transcend cultural barriers and will tickle the funny bones of all those who partake, no matter your comedic preference. The shorts here run the gamut. There are gentle and dry comedies in which the humour is subtle and affecting. There is sharp satire that skewers the attitudes of the modern age. There is glorious silliness that never lets up for a second. And – every so often – they will be a mixture of all of these.

When the nights are long, the days are dark and life is complicated then laughter makes the world a better place.

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening131603 / Black Nights Comedy
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningBlack Nights Comedy

Films

Baltic premiere

Sideral

Local title
Sideeriline
Title in Russian
Sideral
Director
Carlos Segundo
Country
France
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

In Natal, the Northeast of Brazil, the country is preparing to launch its first manned spaceship into space. A couple lives with their two children near the space center, the husband is a mechanic while the wife is a cleaning lady, who dreams of other horizons.

Director
Carlos Segundo
Runtime
Language
Portuguese
Trailer

Baltic premiere

AIVA

Local title
AIVA
Title in Russian
AIVA
Director
Veneta Androva
Country
Germany
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

AIVA is an artist, animated by algorithms. But above all she is the soberingly limited male tech vision of what more diversity in the arts could look like. In her paintings AIVA prefers the vertical, to some acclaim. A naive and cliché-ridden “art documentary” lets us participate in her work. (André Eckhard, DOK Leipzig 2020)

Director
Veneta Androva
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Wolf in Dude's Clothing

Local title
Hunt mehe nahas
Title in Russian
Wolf in Dude's Clothing
Director
Solmund MacPherson
Country
Canada
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

A starving wolf finds a suit of human skin, crawls inside, and becomes a man.

Director
Solmund MacPherson
Runtime
Language
English

Baltic premiere

M*therfucker

Local title
Li*apoeg
Title in Russian
M*therfucker
Director
Adam Long, Adam Peterson
Country
USA
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Tony knows the secret of why his friend Brian's life is so terrible. Thankfully, there’s a way to fix everything...sort of.

Director
Adam Long, Adam Peterson
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

To the Last Drop

Local title
Viimse tilgani
Title in Russian
To the Last Drop
Director
Simon Schnellmann
Country
Germany
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

In the rhythm of the dripping chemo, an IV pole fights for the life of a cancer patient.

Director
Simon Schnellmann
Runtime
Language
German

Baltic premiere

Don vs Lightning

Local title
Don äikese vastu
Title in Russian
Don vs Lightning
Director
Big Red Button
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

All Don wants is a quiet life in the Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately the universe has other plans.

Director
Big Red Button
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer

European premiere

The Blooper

Local title
Saateviga
Title in Russian
The Blooper
Original title
Киноляп
Director
Sergey Tselikov
Country
Russian Federation
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

The production designer Kostya’s workday snowballed since the early morning. The studio’s Accounting Department informed him that he was fined. Shocked by the fact, Kostya goes to see the producer, to sort it all out.

Director
Sergey Tselikov
Runtime
Language
Russian
Trailer