PÖFF : 2020 : BNFF

Shorts National Competition 4

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
Screening081501 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 4
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Virtual hall Online
Screening095008 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 4
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Presented by

Films

European Premiere

Home(sick)ness

Local title
Koduigatsus
Original title
Home(sick)ness
Director
Daria Litvichenko
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

Guuspraba, swamps, and tram conversations.

Director
Daria Litvichenko
Runtime
Language
English

World Premiere

12

Local title
12
Original title
12
Director
Jyri Pitkänen
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

An old athlete travels alone through eastern Europe with his van full of memories. Is he going to reach his destination as a champion? Time and space are extended but only the journey feels real.

Director
Jyri Pitkänen
Runtime
Language
Finnish

Baltic Premiere

Time Capsule

Local title
Ajakapsel
Original title
Ajakapsel
Director
Eric Romero
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

Emeri lives a desolated and troubled life and when she finds an old drawing of a time capsule she buried when she was seven, she realizes that it’s the moment for her to confront the root cause of her issues. She decides to call her estranged father to dig up the time capsule together in an attempt to put the past finally at rest.

Director
Eric Romero
Runtime
Language
Estonian

World Premiere

Julius

Local title
Julius
Director
Rebeka Rummel
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

After many years of work at a coastal weather station, lone meteorologist Julius receives sudden news of his station’s closing. He storms into battle for his home and lifestyle but gradually learns to leave bygone times behind.

Director
Rebeka Rummel
Runtime
Language
Estonian

Room with a Sea View

Local title
Merevaatega tuba
Director
Leonid Shmelkov
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

Herbert arrives in the seaside city on a long working trip. Accidentally he falls in love with a very strange beautiful saleswoman in a flower shop. He suffers from insomnia, which he treats by watching billiards on TV. But now it doesn’t help anymore. His obsessive passion keeps him awake…

Director
Leonid Shmelkov
Runtime

World Premiere

HIATUS

Local title
HINGETÕMBEHETK
Original title
HINGETÕMBEHETK
Director
Nele Aunap
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

Atmospheric cinema poem about humanity, triggered by the worldwide pandemic, lockdown, and social distancing. Although the activity of people in the city is on hold, time continues to move on at a calm yet gallant pace. Welcome to the artificial world built for us, by us, standing without us.

Director
Nele Aunap
Runtime