Rebels With Their Shorts I

Programme
REBELS WITH A CAUSE
Genre
/mängufilm/

The very best works of art push boundaries. They dare us to think about the world in which we live. They challenge our traditional views. They show us that there are more things in heaven and Earth.

The shorts in the Rebels With A Cause programme embody these ideals with their bold and provocative techniques. But while these films often revel in the surrealistic, it is perhaps appropriate – in a time in which the real world often seems to be nonsensical – that they deal with many important and pressing issues of the day such as sexuality, BLM, gender and politics.

These films will take part in Rebels With A Cause, a competition section of the Black Nights Film Festival dedicated to films that defy the traditional modes of filmmaking. The selection provides a mixture of new filmmakers who will lead the way in cinema over the coming years and more established talents.

Each short will be eligible for the honorific prize of Best Rebels Short chosen by the Rebels With A Cause jury members.

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis Tallinn, Estonia
Screening131604 / Rebels With Their Shorts I
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Estonia, Estonia
Screening145007 / Lühikesed mässajad I
Screening duration

Films

Baltic Premiere

Edge

Local title
Serv
Original title
Edge
Director
Steven Subotnick
Country
USA
Year
2019
Genre
/mängufilm/

A call and response.

Director
Steven Subotnick
Runtime

World Premiere

Zhaba

Local title
Kärnkonn
Director
Stas Turko
Country
Belarus
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

A young man thrown into prison "for no reason" witnesses the history of the Far Far Away kingdom as a story is told to him by an old man who has been behind bars for a quarter of a century. An urgent and experimental allegory for the current situation in Belarus.

Director
Stas Turko
Runtime
Language
Russian

World Premiere

Instructions on how to make a mannequin

Local title
Kuidas ehitada manekeeni
Original title
Istruzioni per come creare un manichino
Director
Luca Arcangeli
Country
Italy
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

The son is a boy who lives with The father and The mother. The conformist atmosphere created by his parents pushes The son to suppress his nature to satisfy them and not suffering due to their refusal. The personality of this family is based on the appearance and absence of the soul that make them live like "mannequins".

Director
Luca Arcangeli
Runtime
Language
Italian

World Premiere

Lucky

Local title
Lucky
Original title
Lucky
Director
Emilia Bergmark
Country
Sweden
Year
2020

With tragicomic undertones Lucky portrays the stigma of solitude. It is an emotionally charged tale with roots in the North-Swedish storytelling tradition in which the truth never stands in the way of a good story and an unreliable narrator is rule rather than exception. Set against a backdrop of the dark Swedish forest, the story of Lucky is narrated by Lennart Jähkel.

Director
Emilia Bergmark
Runtime
Language
Swedish

Baltic Premiere

Cold Meridian

Local title
Külm meridiaan
Director
Peter Strickland
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

The repeated rituals of an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) online performer and her viewers.

Director
Peter Strickland
Runtime
Language
Hungarian

Baltic Premiere

My Dear Lover

Local title
Mu kallis arm
Director
Milva Stutz
Country
Switzerland
Year
2019

It's a story of a figure's yearning for touch and the impossibility of bringing that about. While one hand is trying to get into contact with the surface of an amorphous body, a voice in the off is reading a love letter. The longed for lover might well stand for an imaginary body, upon which insecurities around human / non-human as well as digital / analogue relationships are played out.

Director
Milva Stutz
Runtime
Language
English

Baltic Premiere

The End of Suffering (a proposal)

Local title
Lõpp kannatustele (ettepanek)
Director
Jacqueline Lentzou
Country
Greece
Year
2020

Sofia is panicky, again. The Universe decides to contact her. An other-wordly dialogue. A planet symphony for Mars, where people dream awake and fight for love.

Director
Jacqueline Lentzou
Runtime
Language
Greek

International Premiere

The Last Bee

Local title
Viimne mesilane
Original title
La Dernière Abeille
Director
Léa Triboulet
Country
France
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

Wandering in the mountains, a lost teenage girl meets a beekeeper who has come to say goodbye to her bees.

Director
Léa Triboulet
Runtime
Language
French