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June 2013

PUFF announces winners for 2013

The Pineapple Underground Film Festival is proud to announce the winners for 2013.

The PUFF Indie Awards goes to El Effecto K (120min, Spain), The Mute (98min, China) and Sonata (15min, Spain), with Special Mention goes to Lapsus (30min, France) and Documentary Daughter of the Niger Delta (55min, Nigeria). The Sound and Original Score Showcase will be presenting 4 films: The Lives of Hamilton Fish (94min, USA), Idiots (19min, USA), Disappear (9min, Hong Kong) and Voices (4min, Bahrain). Audience award goes to Idiots (19min, USA)

THE K EFFECT

El Efecto K, directed by Valenti Figueres Jorge, had its Asia Premiere at PUFF. Using archival footages, blending documentary and narrative fictional parts, the most significant events of the 20th century was told through Hollywood producer and Stalin’s own film editor/superspy Maxime Stransky.

PUFF says “ This is an odyssey that brought the audience through a journey of an illusionary and dreamlike mix of reality and false documentary. The filmmaker’s interpretation of the Kuleshov editing style manipulated the raw materials within a medium, thus created an aesthetic experience that made the historical content to be of secondary importance but a work that resonates emotions in the audience.“

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The Mute had its International Premiere at PUFF. It is a stylish psychological thriller shot in Shanghai by first time filmmaker ArisTo. PUFF says “ An outstanding beginning ten minutes followed by a good and progressive pace of the script, unfolding into an intense finale. The tenderness of young love, the suspense and use of music makes this an exceptional first attempt in filmmaking.“

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Sonata also premiered internationally at PUFF. Inspired by Kreutzer Sonata by Tolstoi, Sonata explores the society’s norm of exclusive preference for one person and whether that equates true love.

PUFF says “ powerful and daringly rummaging in each of our souls, the human hearts, nature and true love. Or, as the film shows, that the word love itself is barely sufficient to describe our feelings. This ambitious short film peals away the lies and deceits in our hearts; that what we desire, we did not know. “

PUFF also pays homage to women filmmakers and filmmakers who live in countries where access to films, training and equipment is a challenge.  The Lives of Hamilton Fish (World Premiere )  is a feature length rock and opera musical written and sung by Rachel Mason from New York. Curated by Experimenta, a video and film art space in Hong Kong, the film was screened with Rachel singing live in Hong Kong.

Daughters of the Niger Delta (International Premiere), supported by the German Embassy in Abuja in Nigeria, was made by 9 first time woman filmmakers.  Their desperate struggle and everyday injustice is a revolution which will affect more than 50% of the world’s people.  The extent of poverty, sexual harassment and sexual mutilation, discrimination that is still wildly accepted as norm for women, will hopefully one day be only found in history books.

Interviews of the winners will be published on our website and on Facebook in the coming week.  A separate piece on the other short and experimental films will be published soon.  Please stay tuned.

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PUFF2013 REVIEWs : Aliens vs Zombies

Our LAST 3 DAYS of festival, don’t miss it !

Mute (China, 2013) 21st June (Friday) at EXPERIMENTA
Mute (China, 2013) 21st June (Friday) at EXPERIMENTA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Propaganda (North Korea, 2013) 22nd June (Sat) at XXX
Propaganda (North Korea, 2013) 22nd June (Sat) at XXX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PUFF on TVB Pearl !

We are on Hong Kong biggest TV Network !

Come to our 2nd week of programs : all Asia Premieres , first time in Hong Kong. Not available online or anywhere.

Transgender Tuesday (USA, 2012) TODAY (Tues) 18th June at EXPERIMENTA
Transgender Tuesday (USA, 2012)(Tues) 18th Jun at EXPERIMENTA
Mute (China, 2013) 21st June (Friday) at EXPERIMENTA
The Mute (China, 2013) 21st June (This Friday) at EXPERIMENTA
Propaganda (North Korea, 2013) 22nd June (Sat) at XXX
Propaganda (North Korea, 2013) 22nd June (Sat) at XXX
Uprising (Egypt, 2012) Int'l Premiere Sunday 23 June
Uprising (Egypt, 2012) Int’l Premiere Sunday 23 June

PUFF presents in BLUE RAY

The Italian Apartment (72 min,Italy)  and Waves (63 min,UK)

International and Asia Premiere
By Invitation Only

Monday 17th June 2013
5:30pm
EXPERIMENTA

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About Waves
An extraordinary story of a deep alchemical connection of an emotionally repressed woman who lives in London and a fisherman, trapped on a Seychelles island after a shipwreck. They have never met each other; death their only choice to re-birth as one.

About Italy Belong to Us
Only when we approach the end of our lives do we realize what are the truly treasurable things in life. This is the philosophical theme this exquisitely made film sets out to explore.

A filmmaker, after discovering his terminal illness, returned to his home town to look for inspirations to shoot his last film. He asked people to tell him stories about Italy. The lively stories being told contrasted with the meditative, reflective mood will surely made an impression on you and make you ponder about the purpose of your life.

 

Blue Ray Special Event for members
Blue Ray Special Event for members
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PUFF Experimental Films
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PUFF Catalogue

PUFF short film program: cool film & hot filmmaker

Cold Turkey ( 14min, 2013) by Arnarsson
Cold Turkey ( 14min, 2013) by Arnarsson

1. Your film is gruesome but it has a certain kind of humour too; is this your way of expressing a feeling of this world ?
The humor in COLD TURKEY is a way for me to retain the serious tone of the film. Cannibalism is an extremely serious and often taboo subject matter so I felt I needed some humor to make light out of it. I wanted to provoke certain uneasiness and serious thought but also amusement. I have always felt that these types of films allow you to engage in an interesting emotional experience, one that includes both laughter and discomfort, sometimes simultaneously. In that sense, the humor in the film is just another way for me to play the audience. I am simply the orchestra conductor and the audience´s reactions are my orchestra. I hope to make them laugh one moment and be horrified the next.
2. What kind of movies have you been watching to inspire this film ?
I re-watched some films that have made me ambivalent in terms of sympathy and antipathy for its protagonist. There is this obsession in traditional Hollywood filmmaking of a heroic and easily relatable protagonist. I am not interested in painting such characters or so called cardboard cutouts that are an absolute type. I am more interested in the shades of grey that create a multifaceted person. I feel that characters that alternate more between good and bad sides in him- or herself often come across as more real. So when I decided I wanted to create a film about a cannibal, I did not want to portray him simply as a cold-hearted killer. Instead I wanted to enable an audience to see something decent in Adam (Brynjar Holdversson). After all we are all only human and I believe pure evil is just as unattainable as a pure good. Therefore, I watched some films to figure out how I could expand Adam and his actions enough to where the audience could actually question whether he is ‘’good’’ or ‘’evil’’.
3. Tell us a little about your life and other coming new projects.
I am from Iceland but live in Boston. Right now I am back home in Iceland ; I am finishing up two short film scripts. I can´t tell you exactly what they are about. But I definitely plan to keep exploring the combination of the gruesome with some humor.
Thanks,
Thor Arnarsson

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