Queer Joys

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

We ask for something radical - a queer joy. Our queerness is often depicted as the foundation of our most painful experiences, and it can be. Especially for those society deems more alive, othered, unworthy. But this pain should not be fetishised for pity - least for the straight gaze. We might instead remember that our queerness can be the source of a lot of beauty.

This selection of works by a diverse group of filmmakers hopes to strike an honest balance between struggle and celebration, humor and hard truths. With films in a variety of genres from musicals to satire to thrillers, its point is to ask: what is queer joy? What makes it possible and what does it cost? Who do we allow to experience it? Who gets left out and why?

Screenings

Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening061502 / Kväärrõõmud
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema, Tartu
Screening092204 / Kväärrõõmud
Screening duration
Trailer

Films

Baltic premiere

Tank Fairy

Local title
Gaasihaldjas
Original title
桶妝仙女
Director
Erich Rettstadt
Country
Taiwan
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

In Taiwan, the "song wa si de" are workers who routinely supply gas tanks to street vendors and old residential buildings. In this extravagant musical, the magical Tank Fairy delivers her tanks unlike any other - with sass, stilettos and a healthy helping of glitter.

Director
Erich Rettstadt
Runtime
Language
Chinese
Subtitles
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Before Her Body Left

Local title
Enne keha lahkumist
Original title
在她的身体离开前
Director
Yuxin Yang
Country
China
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

A woman scrutinizes her reflection where the self and the other get into a surreal battle. Meanwhile, her desires become an alien luring her to the outside world.

Director
Yuxin Yang
Runtime
Language
Chinese

Baltic premiere

The Pass

Local title
Väljapääs
Original title
The Pass
Director
Pepi Ginsberg
Country
USA
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

On holiday, Ben comes across a handsome young man and his friends who recommend exploring a private beach. He ends up going for a swim alone and meets a man who grows increasingly aggressive, leaving Ben afraid to get out of the water.

Director
Pepi Ginsberg
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Lovely Creature

Local title
Armas olend
Original title
Lovely Creature
Director
Richard Hunter
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

A comedy about a middle aged man and the tragic reality of what happens when a parent gives their child everything they've ever wanted.

Director
Richard Hunter
Runtime
Language
English

International premiere

Leviticus

Local title
Leviticus
Original title
Leviticus
Director
Alexandra Rainis
Country
Czech Republic
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

When two gay seminarians, Eduard and Mathew, are caught kissing in a church, Eduard must choose between his love for Mathew and his commitment to Christ.

Director
Alexandra Rainis
Runtime
Language
English

World premiere

Reflections

Local title
Peegeldused
Original title
Reflections
Director
Kane Kwik
Country
Spain
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Just like an LP, coming out of the closet for a gay lad has both an A side and a B side. A
life between guilt and pleasure.

Director
Kane Kwik
Runtime
Language
English