PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action 1

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

Some people take the term ‘New Talents’ to indicate a certain lack of experience and competence. That the movies in the New Talents Live Action competition are somehow less refined and polished than others. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those in the know are aware that the term ‘New Talents’ means films with a freshness of vision, a precocious grasp of the language of cinema and a bold authorial voice which will resonate throughout the realms of the film industry over the years to come.

The filmmakers here explore many facets of the modern age – amongst them parenthood, the environment and capitalism – and do so in a way that reminds us of the tremendous power of short films. That despite relatively short running times, they tell us so much about human nature and the state of the world in which we live today.

With all the filmmakers in the selection having a commanding grasp of how to use the short form, the New Talents Live Action competition of 2021 becomes a rollercoaster ride of exhilarating storytelling and a collection of stunning filmmakers who everyone should keep an eye on as their rare talents develop even further as time goes on.

Screenings

Hall 4 LUXE Coca-Cola Plaza
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Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningShorts New Talents võistlusprogramm: lühifilm 1
Trailer

Films

Baltic premiere

Vyraj

Local title
Paradiis
Title in Russian
Рай
Original title
Wyraj
Director
Agnieszka Nowosielska
Country
Poland
Year
2020
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

Weronka is living a happy and peaceful life until she learns that her father is ill. The world around fights for her attention, and the reality slips out of control. Playing with friends, her son Pietrek experiences something that makes him believe he can heal. Is it possible that the boy influences his grandfather’s health?

Director
Agnieszka Nowosielska
Runtime
Language
Polish
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

Otava

Local title
Uus algus
Title in Russian
Начало
Original title
Slovenia
Director
Lana Bregar
Country
Slovenia
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

An adolescent girl tries to dream about memories of Mother while having to be physically present in the surrounding farm with grandmother.

Director
Lana Bregar
Runtime
Language
Slovenian
Subtitles
English

European premiere

Where Do We Go?

Local title
Kuhu me läheme?
Title in Russian
Куда мы идем?
Director
Barbara Lervig
Country
Faroe Islands
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

A woman consumed by grief ventures into the mountains with no intention of returning, but an encounter with an enigmatic, old postwoman sets her life on a new path.

Director
Barbara Lervig
Runtime
Language
Faroese
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

Underground Cemetery

Local title
Maa-alune surnuaed
Title in Russian
Подземное кладбище
Director
Wisarut Sriputsomboon
Country
Thailand
Year
2020
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

When Thong-Yu discovers his house is about to collapse, he is confronted by the sins of his past. His dead brother then aids him in his search for absolution as activists disappear.

Director
Wisarut Sriputsomboon
Runtime
Language
Thai
Subtitles
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Still Processing

Local title
Alles töötluses
Title in Russian
Еще в производстве
Director
Sophy Romvari
Country
Canada
Year
2020
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

A box of stunning family photos awakens grief and lost memories as they are viewed for the first time on camera. Filmmaker Sophy Romvari documents her first-hand experience as an exploration into cinema as therapy in this nonfiction short.

Director
Sophy Romvari
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer