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Shorts Animation Competition 1

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

How do you navigate from the nuclear family to the end of the world? The short animation films in this year’s competition go all the way to show us both our smaller and larger world with a new pair of eyes (and eyeglasses). Sometimes they are too daring, talking about our post-survival world in just a few minutes and in black-and-white; at other times, they are too funny, reminding us that art and the artists themselves are not hidden behind a beautiful content, but they are people with flesh and blood – and they need themselves to survive. Curious, energetic, complex but relatable, aesthetically diverse, they may fall into coming-of-age stories, stories of relationships, social responsibility, politics and democracy, or simply the absurd and the unexpected. The interplay between reality and abstraction holds strong; also the quest for our own personal truth (never a conventional one), entails a lot of eccentric but well-targeted episodes along the way. Enjoy!

Vassilis Kroustallis

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
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Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
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Films

Baltic premiere

Terra Incognita

Local title
Tundmatu maa
Title in Russian
Неизвестная земля
Director
Pernille Kjaer, Adrian Dexter
Country
France, Denmark
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

Following life on a mysterious island, inhabited by immortal beings. These beings lead a pre-civilized life forgotten by time, spending their endless days in hedonistic lethargy. Through anecdotal vignettes, the film tells the story of what happens when these beings are visited by the outside world, and whether or not there is a greater meaning to it all.

Director
Pernille Kjaer, Adrian Dexter
Runtime
Language
English

Steakhouse

Local title
Liharesto
Title in Russian
Гриль-ресторан
Director
Špela Čadež
Country
Slovenia, Germany, France
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

The steak has been marinating for a few days now. The pan is heated. Franc’s stomach is rumbling. But Liza’s co-workers surprise her with a birthday party. Will she be home on time?

Director
Špela Čadež
Runtime
Language
Slovenian
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

L'amour en plan

Local title
Planeeritud armastus
Title in Russian
Запланированная любовь
Director
Claire Sichez
Country
France
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

After 20 years of living together, Carine, Fabrice and their son Simon have a well-ordered daily life. While Carine is restricted to household chores, Fabrice spends his time watching television. Each in a different space, their eyes no longer meet.

Director
Claire Sichez
Runtime
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Granny's Sexual Life

Local title
Mamma voodielu
Title in Russian
Интимная жизнь бабушки
Original title
Babičino seksualno življenje
Director
Urška Djukić
Country
Slovenia, France
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

Trigered by the revealing way of dressing of one of their granddaughters, four old women, reflect on their memories of old times when they themselves were young and how different the relationships between man and women were back then. Their voices merge into one single voice, that of the grandmother Vera, who tells her story in proper details.

Director
Urška Djukić
Runtime
Language
Slovenian
Subtitles
English

Impossible Figures and Other Stories I

Local title
Võimatud kujud ja teisi jutte I
Title in Russian
Невозможные фигуры и прочие истории I
Director
Marta Pajek
Country
Poland, Canada
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

After a huge explosion, only an old couple remains in an abandoned city. An old woman wanders tediously through empty streets. She passes by the statues of some now completely irrelevant and long-forgotten victories. In the shop windows, she sees some abandoned and dead mannequins. In short flashback, we get to see those, who will never return to the city. Marta Pajek’s film is a post-apocalyptic portrait of the world where the human being and its existence means no more than a split second. The film is the missing part of the trilogy 'Impossible Figures and other stories'.

Director
Marta Pajek
Runtime
Language
Polish
Subtitles
English