Life In Five Acts - Live Action Documentaries 1

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Doc@Shorts

LIFE – unfathomable, unexpected and ruthless. Everywhere, at the same time, with twists and turns and in countless variations. What does it all mean? What lives on after us? A premiere of a show without an instruction manual… But hear me out – maybe you don’t need one, if you know what to live for!

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
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Screening duration
Trailer

Films

Baltic premiere

Polar Night Light

Local title
Polaaröö valgus
Original title
Kaamoksen valossa
Director
Niko Väistö
Country
Finland
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Doc@Shorts

Antti, a musher from Northern Finland, wont’t give up his way of a life despite being adviced contrarily. In the dogsled world there is no going back after hopping on the sledge. Polar Night Light is a short documentary of love for the sled dogs. The film follows Antti during the polar night while his freedom to do what he wants is being compromised.

Director
Niko Väistö
Runtime
Language
Finnish
Subtitles
English

World premiere

Live

Local title
Elu
Original title
Leben
Director
Maria Kaur Bedi
Country
Germany
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Doc@Shorts

In a Berlin nursing home, four old women wait to die. Growing up during the war, the post war youth, the division of Germany, the fall of the wall in the 80's - the landscape of singular yet intertwined memories. With frightening clarity words tumble from their toothless mouths. In the final act of their lives, castaway by society, these four women take centre stage.

Director
Maria Kaur Bedi
Runtime
Language
German
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

Edi

Local title
Edi
Original title
Edi
Director
Jan Vrhovnik
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Doc@Shorts

Power grandpa Edi goes about his daily life in Slovenia, filling his grandson Jan’s eyes with the wonder of ageing that only youth allows. Posing the question, ‘Who are our greatest influencers?’

Director
Jan Vrhovnik
Runtime
Language
Slovenian
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

To Examine One’s Self

Local title
Iseennast uurides
Original title
To Examine One’s Self
Director
Pedro M. Afonso
Country
Portugal
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Doc@Shorts

Medical Schools are swarmed every year by countless eager students. A rite of passage awaits: the study of gross anatomy. These anonymous corpses will be their companions throughout this journey and challenge them to deal with the vacuity of life.

Director
Pedro M. Afonso
Runtime
Language
Portuguese
Subtitles
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

XAR - Obsidian Dream

Local title
XAR - obsidiaaniuni
Original title
XAR - Sueño de Obsidiana
Director
Fernando Pereira dos Santos, Edgar Calel
Country
Brazil
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Doc@Shorts

Awakening from an ancestral dream, the young Maya Edgar Calel performs an artistic ritual at the São Paulo Biennial. Between aspirations and memories, his spiritual journey will lead him to be incorporated into his power animal.

Director
Fernando Pereira dos Santos, Edgar Calel
Runtime