BALTIC MIDNIGHT SHORTS

A film treat for the mature audience of the festival. A three-hour collection of Baltic short films. During the intermission, national treats are served.

22:00 Baltic Midnight Shorts | Sputnik-Kino | Tickets

(Total length: 188’)

  1. Helen’s Birthday/Heleni sünnipäev, D: Tanno Mee, 18’30
  2. Vovas/Vovas, D: Diāna Daukste, 20’30
  3. The Master/Isand, D: Riho Unt, 18’
  4. When the Lights Go Out/ Užgesums šviesoms, D: Jonas Trukanas, 13’
  5. Pussy/Tupsu, D: Triin Ruuemet, 17’
  6. Miraculous Light of the Bonfire Lights Up the Future/Stebuklinga Laužo Šviesa Nušvietė Ateitį, D: Petras Kuneika, 10’30

[15 MIN BREAK]

  1. Ice/Jää, D: Anna Hints, 15’
  2. Pinocchio/Pinokio, D: Elita Kļaviņa, 17’
  3. Dead By The Dawn/Šviesus rytojus, D: Urtė Sabutytė, 4’
  4. <3 / Less Than Three/<3 / Mažiu nei trys, D: Jorė Janavičiūtė, 13’
  5. Dolls/Lellles, D: Ieva Norvele, 31’
  6. Empty Space/Tühi ruum, D: Ülo Pikkov, 11’

<3 / LESS THAN THREE/<3 / MAŽIAU NEI TRYS

Documentary/Queer, D: Jorė Janavičiūtė, 13’, LT, 2019

Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Jorė Janavičiūtė
DOP: Martynas Norvaišas
Editor: Gabrielė Urbonaitė
Sound: Vilius Erminas
Production: Lithuania Music and Theater Academy
Contact: Jorė Janavičiūtė, jore.janaviciute@gmail.com

Synopsis: The relationship between two people is already complex. And what if you have more than one partner?

DEAD BY DAWN/ŠVIESUS RYTOJUS

Horror/Mystic, D: Urtė Sabutytė, 4′, LT, 2019

Director/Screenwriter: Urtė Sabutytė
DOP: Zbigniev Bartoševič
Editing: Silvija Vilkaitė
Sound Designer: Mindaugas Juška
Producer: Rūta Jekentaitė
Production: Baltic Productions, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater
Contact: Rūta Jekentaitė, ruta@strictlyproduction.com
Cast: Dovilė Kundrotaitė, Aistė Zabotkaitė, Lyja Maknavičiūtė

Synopsis: After a party, three girlfriends are on their way home. Suddenly, their car breaks down and a flash of light appears.

DOLLS/LELLES

Comedy, D: Ieva Norvele, 31’, LV, 2018

Director/Screenwriter: Ieva Norvele
DOP: Mārtiņš Jansons
Editor: Jurģis Ločmelis
Music: MMMM
Sound Design: Andrejs Trainovskis
Producer: Sandra Liepiņa
Production: National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture
Contact: National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture, liene@citakinozeme.lv
Cast: Lelde Dreimane, Tīna Zariņa, Ivars Kļavinskis, Madars Zvagulis, Roland Laos, Niklāvs Kurpnieks, Jānis Kronis

Synopsis: Riga by night. Andris is a cab driver who mistakes the two girls for his clients; they mistake the ride for an invitation to a fancy restaurant. The misunderstanding turns the night into a whirlpool of the oddest events.

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EMPTY SPACE/TÜHI RUUM

Documentary/Puppet Animation, Dir. Ülo Pikkov, 11′, EE, 2016

Director/Screenwriter: Ülo Pikkov
DOP: Raivo Möllits
Art Director: Ülo Pikkov, Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Animator: Marili Sokk
Composer: Pärt Uusberg
Editor: Ülo Pikkov, Raivo Möllits
Producers: Andrus Raudsalu, Kerdi Oengo
Production: Nukufilm
Rights/Contact: Nukufilm, nukufilm@nukufilm.ee

Synopsis: Starting with the 10-year-old girl playing at home on a Sunday morning, the story delicately unfolds the heinous Estonian past of the beginning of the 1950s. People and places that once existed, tell about memories, dreams and longing.

HELEN’S BIRTHDAY/HELENI SÜNNIPÄEV

Drama, D: Tanno Mee, 18’30, EE, 2017

Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Tanno Mee
DOP: Mart Raun
Art Director: Reet Brandt
Music/Sound: Ann Reimann
Production: Alexandra Film
Producer: Marianne Ostrat
Contact: Premium Films, jcm@premium-films.com
Cast: Mari Abel, Margus Prangel, Gert Raudsep

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Synopsis: A middle-aged Helen, who just got divorced, is dragged to the nightclub on her birthday. Unable to let go of her past life, she returns to her old home.

ICE/JÄÄ

Drama, D: Anna Hints, 15′, EE/FR/LU, 2017

Director/Screenwriter: Anna Hints
DOP: Tõnis Tuuga
Editor: Marion Koppel
Music Composer: Romain Trouillet
Sound: Kauri Lemberg
Producers: Eero Talvistu, Olivier Berlemont,Emilie Dubois, Raoul Nadalet
Production: Exitfilm, Origine Films, Antevita Films
Contact: Exitfilm, exitfilm@exitfilm.ee
Cast: Mait Malmsten, Aksel Ojari

Synopsis: Harri, a soldier in the Estonian army, decides to make up for the lost time with his 10-year old son and to go on a father-son winter trip to an island. Missing the last ferry, Harri takes an ice road over the frozen sea.

MIRACULOUS LIGHT OF THE BONFIRE LIGHTS UP THE FUTURE/STEBUKLINGA LAUŽO ŠVIESA NUŠVIETĖ ATEITĮ

Fantasy/Drama , D: Petras Kuneika, 10’30, LT, 2018

Director/Screenwriter: Petras Kuneika
DOP/Editor: Zbigniev Bartoševič
Art Directors: Neringa Baciuškaitė, Justė Vazgytė
Producers: Martynas Tomas Gucevičius, Petras Kuneika
Production: Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy
Contact: Petras Kuneika, petkune10@gmail.com
Cast: Dovilė Karaliūtė-Barkauskienė, Emilija Jaujininkaitė, Greta Grinevičiūtė, Aidas Barkauskas, Simonas Dovidauskas, Karolis Norvilas

Synopsis: While Partisans are fighting the war, the three maidens perform their secret rituals and witchcraft for a better future.

PINOCCHIO/PINOKIO

Drama, D: Elita Kļaviņa, 17’, LV, 2017

Director/Screenwriter: Elita Kļaviņa
DOP: Aleksandrs Grebņevs
Editor: Sandra Alksne
Composer: Jēkabs Nīmanis
Sound Design: Ernests Ansons
Producer: Annija Korpa
Production: National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture
Contact: National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture, liene@citakinozeme.lv
Cast: Maija Doveika, Laura Žaklīna Bukša,

Synopsis: Shortly before the premier night at the theater, Gundega, a professional actress, is faced with an agonizing choice, when her daughter starts suffering from a severe panic attack.

PUSSY/TUPSU

Drama/Crime, D: Triin Ruumet, 17’, EE, 2014

Director/Screenwriter:Triin Ruumet
DOP: Sten-Johan Lill
Art Director: Kristjan Suits
Sound: Ekke Västrik, Anti Mäss, Kauri Lemberg
Costumes: Elisabeth Aare/Helis Heiter
Editor: Hendrik Mägar
Producer: Tõnis Hiiesalu
Production: Huntmees Film
Contact: Estonian Film Institute, film@efsa.ee
Cast: Oliver Soomets, Andrei Jakovlev, Bianca Jakovlev, Joosep Jürgenson

Synopsis: Andrei and Oliver are criminals, lost in the brutal world of Estonian 90’s. On the early hours of the day they are faced with a task to kill a young boy who is dwelling in an apartment building in Tallinn ghetto. Will they be able to live with their crime?

THE MASTER/ISAND

Drama/Puppet Animation, D: Riho Unt, 18′, EE, 2015

Director/Screenwriter/Art Director: Riho Unt
DOP: Ragnar Neljandi
Animator: Märt Kivi, Andres Tenusaar
Sound Designer: Horret Kuus
Editor: Ragnar Neljandi, Riho Unt
Producers: Kerdi Oengo, Andrus Raudsalu
Production: Nukufilm
Contact: Nukufilm, nukufilm@nukufilm.ee

Synopsis: One day it became clear that the Master won’t come home anymore. From then on the dynamics between the dog Popi and monkey Huhuu change and their mutual life begins.
Based on a short story by Estonian author Friedebert Tuglas.

VOVAS/VOVAS

Documentary, D: Diāna Daukste, 20’30, LV, 2017

Director/Screenwriter: Diāna Daukste
DOP: Elīna Maslovska
Editor: Tālivaldis Tālis Āboliņš
Producer: Daiga Livčāne
Production: National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture
Contact: National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture, liene@citakinozeme.lv

Synopsis: Pēteris has a passion. He together with his two friends creates cynical animation series. Although their friendship has started to wane, Pēteris needs their help to make a new episode of his animation series.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT/UŽGESUS ŠVIESOMS

Coming-of-Age/Drama/Horror, D: Jonas Trukanas, 13’, LT, 2018

Director: Jonas Trukanas
Screenwriters: Jonas Trukanas, Edvardas Mikalauskas
DOP: Simonas Glinskis
Editor: Dominykas Kilčiauskas
Animators: Giedrius Svirskis ir Romanas Zdanavičius
Composers/Sound Designers: Viktoras Vaupšas ir Vytas Rasimavičius
Producers: Gabija Siurbytė, Rūta Petronytė
Production: Dansu Films
Contact: Dansu Films, info@dansu.eu
Cast: Nojus Stankevičius, Mija Di Marco, Ainius Marazas, Titas Rukas, Nojus Vainonis

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Synopsis: It’s the first day at a new school for a 13-year-old boy. He is timid and anxious, but he has a guardian – a demon who has no mercy for those who threaten to bully him.