PÖFF : 2020 : BNFF

Shorts National Competition 2

Programme
SHORTS NATIONAL COMPETITION

In 2020 the National Competition is positively overflowing with one of the largest programmes in the history of the festival. Whilst this speaks positively of an industry that is growing, developing and nurturing new talent there is also a sense of inclusivity. Yes there are films made by Estonians that are shot in Estonia. But there are also films from Estonian filmmakers made out outside the country while directors from different countries – many of which are from the BFM – are making films within Estonia.

This diversity is vital for film culture – as it is for a progressive society in general – and shows that a country with only a small point of view can allow for a wide range of viewpoints in an eclectic and entertaining mix of fiction and documentaries.

The Estonian animation films on offer balance between the seasoned and the newcomers, between caring for your loved ones and rooting for strangers. They involve an almost trademarked sense of humour but also a longing to move beyond the ordinary, and a well-defined need to simply connect.

Screenings

Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening061501 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 2
Q&A duration
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Virtual hall Online
Screening075015 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 2
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Presented by

Films

World Premiere

Wedding Officiant

Local title
Pulmaisa
Director
Hõbe Ilus, Mihkel Oksmann
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

Love is patient. Love is kind. But if you’re in a hurry, call Lennys! He’s been riding the subway for 20 years marrying couples of all creeds and none. A day can include five or more ceremonies, some in superhero costume and some even behind bars. In this feel-good documentary, we explore an unseen side of New York, following Lennys as he travels to and from weddings, serving a diversity of clients and sharing his wit and wisdom.

Director
Hõbe Ilus, Mihkel Oksmann
Runtime
Language
English

World Premiere

It's About a Wedding

Local title
See räägib pulmast
Original title
See räägib pulmast
Director
Vivian Säde
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

What would you do if your crush was about to marry someone else? The film tells the story of a sarcastic novelist burdened with unrequited love and a looming deadline. In an effort to escape a bad case of writer's block, she decides to channel her pain into her work, writing the worst wedding imaginable for her crush complete with a bitchy bridezilla. As the real and fictional worlds begin to merge, events start to spiral out of control. After all, anything can happen when you're fueled by heartbreak, weed, and female rage.

Director
Vivian Säde
Runtime
Language
Estonian

Blue

Local title
Sinine
Original title
Sinine
Director
Tõnis Pill
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

When two strangers’ paths cross after a car accident, the woman hijacks the situation and gets into the man’s car, demanding that he take her away from there. As the man tries to find a solution to the predicament, fragments from the woman’s past start painting a picture of the tragic events that happened to her.

Director
Tõnis Pill
Runtime
Language
Estonian

World Premiere

Look What You Made Me Do

Local title
Vaata, mis sa tegid
Original title
Vaata, mis sa tegid
Director
Carlos E. Lesmes
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

Ingmar is an abusive narcissist who can't cope being abandoned by his girlfriend. Unable to stand alone he goes out to hunt another victim and repeats the cycle of emotional abuse but this time thing will go wrong.

Director
Carlos E. Lesmes
Runtime
Language
Estonian

World Premiere

Victim

Local title
Ohver
Original title
Жертва
Director
Natalja Matšenene
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

After another quarrel Anton cruelly punished his wife Inga by forcing her to spend the whole night on the balcony. In a light dress and heavy wind, locked out on a balcony on the tenth floor, Inga recalls the painful abuse she suffered from her husband and thinks about her revenge.

Director
Natalja Matšenene
Runtime
Language
Russian

World Premiere

A Favour

Local title
Teene
Director
Bojana Babić
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

Saeed is an immigrant who rents a room in an apartment owned by an Estonian couple, Ellen and Lauri. One day, as he comes comes home from work, he finds Ellen in the living room trying to cover up a crime. After one of their usual violent arguments, Ellen killed Lauri in an act of self-defence. Now, she needs Saeed’s help to get rid of the body. Together, like a trained team, they roll Lauri into a carpet, pack it in Ellen’s car and drive to a nearby forest. Saeed does his best to get over with this quickly, without getting his hands dirty. But as the night falls, he realises Lauri’s presence will haunt him forever.

Director
Bojana Babić
Runtime
Language
Estonian, Persian, English