PÖFF : BNFF

Queer Bonds

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Contrary to the imagined confines of the heteronormative, the term “queer” in cinema brings a promise of rebellion, struggle and transgression, a spectacle even – at least to the non-queer eye. For this selection I’ve chosen to go down a slightly different road, shifting the focus from form to sensibilities. These films invite us to take a closer look at the delicate and strange ways of connecting, how we’re bonded through trauma, courage, expectations and self-discovery.

All human stories are different but also the same in a way – the queer ones, in my opinion, just tend to naturally illuminate the complex structures we have to overcome in order to truly be together. With ourselves and others.

Žulijens Nuhums Kulibali

Screenings

Hall Electric Cinema
Screening072204 / Kväärsõlmed
Screening duration
Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening091603 / Kväärsõlmed
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningKväärsõlmed

Films

Baltic premiere

Shot

Local title
Kärakas
Title in Russian
Shot
Original title
Shot
Director
Martín Delfino Guevara
Country
Spain
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

After 40 years apart, Carmen and Consuelo meet again in a cafeteria in Madrid. They remember the last night they saw each other, at a time marked by censorship and homophobia.

Director
Martín Delfino Guevara
Runtime
Language
Spanish

European premiere

Inverted

Local title
Teistpidi
Title in Russian
Inverted
Original title
נטיות הפוכות
Director
Dina Indykh, Tal Meshulam, Shelly Salem, Eden Dolev, Omran Tlalka, Raz Negev, Dor Kaplan, Michael Jacob, Neomi Hazan, Liat Meik
Country
Israel
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

A collection of testimonials by individuals who underwent conversion therapy.

Director
Dina Indykh, Tal Meshulam, Shelly Salem, Eden Dolev, Omran Tlalka, Raz Negev, Dor Kaplan, Michael Jacob, Neomi Hazan, Liat Meik
Runtime
Language
Hebrew

Baltic premiere

(AB)Normal

Local title
(A)Normaalne
Title in Russian
(AB)Normal
Original title
(A)Normal
Director
Miguel Parra
Country
Spain
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

What happens at the gym men locker's room, stays at the men looker's room. Or not.

Director
Miguel Parra
Runtime
Trailer

Sisters

Local title
Õeskond
Title in Russian
Sisters
Original title
Sesters
Director
Katarina Rešek Kukla
Country
Slovenia
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Three best friends, sworn virgins, get into a fight with local boys. When things get rough, they are saved by a girl in the making.

Director
Katarina Rešek Kukla
Runtime
Language
Slovenian
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Fragile

Local title
Äbarik
Title in Russian
Fragile
Original title
Babtou fragile
Director
Hakim Mao
Country
France
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Mehdi is a hopeless romantic. His best friend Olive pushes him to spice up his life by hooking-up through gay dating apps. The day Mehdi finally does it, he is confronted with his random lover's peculiar expectations.

Director
Hakim Mao
Runtime
Language
French

European premiere

Beautiful They

Local title
Ilusad nemad
Title in Russian
Beautiful They
Original title
Beautiful They
Director
Cloudy Rhodes
Country
Australia
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

A queer surf-romance between a young gender-queer Blue and party girl Violet.

Director
Cloudy Rhodes
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer