Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action 2

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

Screenings

4th Lux Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening060301 / Shorts New Talents võistlusprogramm: lühifilm 2
Q&A guestsThe Fuse: Youmi Haefelin-Roch, Vaccuum Cleaner Salesman: Līva Polkmane, Ritvars Bluka, Alise Peniga
Q&A duration
Screening duration

Films

Baltic premiere

Berry Pickers

Local title
Marjakorjajad
Original title
Blåbärsplockarna
Director
Agnes Skonare Karlsson
Country
Sweden
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

Two Thai brothers, Nat and Tem, take a large loan to come to Northern Sweden as migrant workers in the berry picking industry, hoping to secure a brighter future for themselves back home in Thailand. The problem is, Sweden has been hit by an unexpected heat wave, and there are no berries to pick. Naive younger brother Nat tries to convince his older brother that it’s time to throw in the towel and return back to Thailand, but Tem is stubborn, and refuses to leave Sweden until they’ve secured enough money to pay back their debt. With all other berry pickers having returned home, the pair of brothers only have each other as they set out on a final, desperate quest through the forest, chasing rain, berries, and a chance to return home.

Director
Agnes Skonare Karlsson
Runtime
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Hollywood

Local title
Hollywood
Original title
Hollywood
Director
Leni Gruber, Alex Reinberg
Country
Austria
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

Breakthroughs don’t come easy. Especially for up-and-coming actress Anna. Rejected from her most recent audition, Anna returns home to find that her dad has already made other plans for her life. Her last chance: playing the victim in training exercises for the local fire department. Whether she is rescued from car wrecks or placed under toppled trees, Anna gives it everything she’s got, because a job at the local bank seems utterly unthinkable.

Director
Leni Gruber, Alex Reinberg
Runtime
Trailer

World premiere

Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

Local title
Tolmuimejakaupmees
Original title
Vacuum Cleaner Salesman
Director
Līva Polkmane
Country
Latvia
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

After hearing many success stories about direct sales companies, Roberts decides to try his luck in selling vacuum cleaners door to door. On the first work day he finds out about the possible bonus in case of at least 2 successfully closed sales deals. At a glance the task seems quite easy. Once Robert faces the reality in a block of flats and encounters its peculiar inhabitants, the task no longer seems to be so simple.

Director
Līva Polkmane
Runtime

World premiere

The Fuse

Local title
Lühis
Original title
The Fuse
Director
Kevin Haefelin
Country
USA
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

Cassius, a worn down Hispanic gladiator of modern life fights to make a living as a nighttime garbage man in the concrete arena of the Bronx. One night he’s inevitably laid off and faces his fear of becoming a homeless and pariah. On his own terms, he sets up his final farewell but a fuse unexpectedly defaults him and makes him wonder through the night in quest of his truth.

Director
Kevin Haefelin
Runtime
Trailer