PÖFF : BNFF

Late Night Sci-Fi

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Good science fiction offers us the chance to look at everything in a completely new way. To enter a brave new world, to experience civilisations anew and to speculate on the wonders that the universe has to offer.

In many ways this is pure escapism – and there is nothing wrong with that whatsoever. In an everyday world which can feel scary and isolating at the best of times, the temptation to immerse oneself in another time and place is strong indeed.

But the films in this selection also helps us to reconfigure the world in which we live in today. While they all represent inventive futures and fantastical worlds that are yet to exist, they all have a sense of the contemporary which is familiar to us all. Themes of climate apocalypse, immigration and even the obsolescence of popular culture run throughout the films and remind us that those brave new worlds are both far away and close to us at the same time.

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening081603 / Late Night Sci-Fi
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningLate Night Sci-Fi

Films

Baltic premiere

My Name is Unpronounceable

Local title
Mu nimi on hääldamatu
Title in Russian
My Name is Unpronounceable
Director
Louis Reifenauer
Country
Belgium
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Somewhere, in the vasteness of the Universe, an alien is expelled from his spaceship for a one cycle period for not complying with the strict operational protocols....

Director
Louis Reifenauer
Runtime

Baltic premiere

Escaping the Fragile Planet

Local title
Põgenemine hapralt planeedilt
Title in Russian
Escaping the Fragile Planet
Director
Thanasis Tsimpinis
Country
Greece
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

A boy-meets-boy tale, a few hours before the world ends.

Director
Thanasis Tsimpinis
Runtime
Language
Greek

Baltic premiere

Iskra

Local title
Iskra
Title in Russian
Iskra
Director
Adrian Replanski
Country
France
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

As a strange plague tightens its grip on an isolated rural village, a young woman's contact with the outside world breeds unrest amongst a superstitious townspeople.

Director
Adrian Replanski
Runtime
Language
French

Baltic premiere

The Archivists

Local title
Arhivaarid
Title in Russian
The Archivists
Director
Igor Drljača
Country
Canada
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

In a dystopian future, a travelling trio of musicians discover an abandoned house – a relic from the old world. As the bandmates explore the ruin, they stumble upon a hidden room full of precious artifacts of a bygone era. It’s a cultural windfall – journals, books, pictures and of course, music. Amongst the trove, one particular vinyl LP catches the band’s attention: The Age of Consent, by 80s synthpop trio Bronski Beat. As they attempt to make out the degraded lyrics to one of its tracks, inspiration takes hold.

Director
Igor Drljača
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Earthbound

Local title
Juured Maas
Title in Russian
Earthbound
Original title
Jordbundna
Director
BAKER KARIM
Country
Sweden
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

When Earth has become inhabitable, mankind seeks salvation by leaving the planet on interplanetary arks to colonize other worlds. But who is chosen to represent mankind in the future? It's the first Swedish afro-futuristic film.

Director
BAKER KARIM
Runtime

Baltic premiere

X US

Local title
X US
Title in Russian
X US
Director
Akinola Davies
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Two unaccompanied brothers embark on a journey to a new settlement on the moon planet Titan. Their interactions reflect the subtle naivety and anxious fear this huge moment means for each of them amidst an industrial sized group of migrants.

Director
Akinola Davies
Runtime
Language
English

European premiere

Luv U Cuz

Local title
Kallis oled, nõbu
Title in Russian
Luv U Cuz
Director
Eric Pumphrey
Country
USA
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Set in a not-too-distant future, two cousins bond over the course of a night on the town, until their relationship is tested in more ways than one.

Director
Eric Pumphrey
Runtime