Mind Tricks, Body Wonders

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

Crazy things may happen, but what happens if your mind is the one that started off all the fuss? In animation, minds and bodies are linked and jointly transformed to perfection, and here we have a first-rate example of what their joint interaction can do. Men, women, dogs, and trains bring ideas into concrete actions – or maybe not. Old records bring back the memories of collective bodily events long forgotten; puppets can start unraveling, yet perhaps everything is still OK. And corpses have a second chance in life. The limit between reality and fantasy is a tight (and sometimes still tender) one; let's explore it, bit by bit.

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening101603 / Meeletrikid, kehavõlud
Screening duration
Trailer

Films

Baltic premiere

Slouch

Local title
Slouch
Original title
Slouch
Director
Michael Bohnenstingl
Country
Germany
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

Wannabe musical legend Slouch is pushed by his song-writing-demon Nuffti to deep dive into his darkest emotions, while his girlfriend Lisa is pregnant and wants him to transition into a harmonic family life...

Director
Michael Bohnenstingl
Runtime
Language
English

Baltic premiere

Dewclaws

Local title
Lisaküüned
Original title
Dewclaws
Director
Carolina Sandvik
Country
Sweden
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

A man is doing his daily routine at home. He's tanning in his solarium, working out, continually checking his watch. What will happen at the stroke of midnight?

Director
Carolina Sandvik
Runtime

Baltic premiere

Skinned

Local title
Nülitud
Original title
Écorchée
Director
Joachim Hérissé
Country
France
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

In an old building, lost in the middle of the swamp, live two strange women, Siamese twins by one leg. At night, the Flayed has terrifying nightmares in which she sees her sister's flesh covering her own body...

Director
Joachim Hérissé
Runtime

Baltic premiere

The Record

Local title
Plaat
Original title
The Record
Director
Jonathan Laskar
Country
Switzerland
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

An antique music instrument dealer recieves a magical vinyl record from a traveller: “It reads your mind and plays your lost memories”. Obsessed by this endless record, the antique dealer listens to it again and again, and the memories reemerge until one last and most painful memory is revealed: how he got separated from his mother on the Swiss border during World War II.

Director
Jonathan Laskar
Runtime
Language
French
Subtitles
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Beware of Trains

Local title
Ettevaatust rongidega
Original title
Beware of Trains
Director
Emma Calder
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

“A train of thought thriller” about a woman with extreme anxiety living in a world dominated by fear and uncertainty. She has four major preoccupations – the man she met by chance on a train, her dying father, her daughter’s safety and the murder she dreams she has committed.

Director
Emma Calder
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Miracasas

Local title
Miracasas
Original title
Miracasas
Director
Raphaëlle Stolz
Country
Switzerland, France
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Panorama

In the 30's, a lost village in South America wishes to perpetuate its strange traditions... The mayor has published an ad in the region: "Seeks corpse to enlarge Miracasas". Freshly murdered, Ernesto is the lucky one and participates in spite of himself to his carnival burial. The gathered villagers celebrate the event with passion, waiting with greed for the life brought by the death.

Director
Raphaëlle Stolz
Runtime
Language
Portuguese
Subtitles
English