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PUFF 菠蘿電影節

JUICY WITH EDGES 香甜異品 以果會友 PUFF 2012 will showcase 10 feature length films, 20 shorts, 10 animation shorts and 5 documentary features from over 20 countries around the world. PUFF is dedicated to showcase the spirit and skills of indie filmmakers and outstanding films which explore new and alternative forms of narratives. PUFF Indie Award winner will have the opportunity to receive Investment funding for their next feature film. 菠蘿電影節(PUFF) 匯集來自世界各地的電影「菠蘿」於另類視藝空間 EXPERIMENTA—透過獨立電影人不拘一格的美學視覺及尖銳的電影語言,加上嶄新的放映模式,希望能為地下電影吸納新觀眾、探索新思維並建構新空間。

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)


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editing style manipulated the raw materials within a medium, thus created an aesthetic experience that made the historical content to be of secondary importance but a work that resonates emotions in the audience.“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.“


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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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












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



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
PUFF Experimental Films
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.
Thor Arnarsson

Special Live Performance: Film/Rock Opera “The Lives of Hamilton Fish” 9th June (Sun) 7-10pm

Hamilton-FishA unique experience of music and visual, daringly original filmmaker and musician Rachel Mason will be in Hong Kong to sing her rock musical / feature film live at Hidden Agenda.

An amazing coincident about the disparate lives of two people with the same name inspired Rachel to write this suite of songs and the accompany colourful visual.

This is a special presentation as part of PUFF 2013. Free entry for all. PUFF Up Film Club members can reserve their seats. Details in our next member’s news. Just sign up on our website here

Q&A with filmmaker afterwards.

Check out the trailer here and Rachel’s other performance here.

The Lives of Hamilton Fish (94min, 2013) USA
World Premiere
Musician, actress and sculptor, creator of “The Lives of Hamilton Fish” Rachel Mason

Interview with Adriano Barone from Milan Italy

My name is Adriano Barone and I’m the director and writer of the short movie: “Tipologie Di Un Amore Fantasma:Armonia Vuota”.



PUFF: What is your inspiration in making this short film?

ADRIANO BARONE: This short film is a spin off of a graphic novel I wrote, “Tipologies of a Ghost Love”. It deals with the topic of unrequited love, which I’m quite obsessed with. Since I don’t consider my exploration of this theme to be over with the graphic novel, I feel compelled to produce further material, be it prose, other comic book stories or short movies, like in this case. In fact, the art subliminally inserted between or during scenes comes from the graphic novel.

As to the short movie itself, it basically started from the location: a deserted but not ancient house, a place that gave clearly the idea of abandonment, but still kept signs of recent events that took place there.

In a certain sense, the idea was to elaborate and to visually tweak a little the ghost-haunted house topos; the next step was telling the story of the ghosts haunting the place. And that story was about unrequited love. Again.

Since the location in my mind was the main character, so to speak, I decided I could visually express the idea of opposite feelings in the simplest way, through colour/black and white contrast, and then making it more complex by having different voices over that told two completely opposite versions of the same story.

PUFF: Your work is simple yet powerful. Tell us in your words of your narration/ experimental / cinematography styles.

A.B. : I love both mainstream and experimental movies, novels, comic books/graphic novels, but as far as my writer/graphic novel scriptwriter activity, I’ve always preferred to mix more genres in the same story (this is probably due to the fact I love Hong Kong and Far East movies…) and write stories with a surreal and weird tone.

In general I like imperfection, unresolved moments and scenes, anti-climax, counter-endings. If we consider standard storytelling to be a rhythm, we can say I have a backbeat approach to it.

As to moviemaking, this first short movie is experimental but it’s also my first directing experience. I think that after a short story collection, two novels and four graphic novels I’ve found my voice as a (script) writer, but of course I’ll need to direct many more movies to be able to say the same of my direction.

PUFF: Tell us more about your background and training

A.B.: I have a degree in foreign (English, American and Latin American) literature, plus a comic book scriptwriting diploma at the Milan School of Comics. But I’ve always wanted to give a try a film-making too, so I wrote tons of scripts for short and feature films that eventually got never produced. It was a good learning experience, though. Since I was not satisfied of the very few short movies made out of my scripts, I decided to direct one of my scripts on my own. And since it was my first direction, I decided to start little.

In light of the budget restraints (this is a very-low budget movie) I consider being selected at the PUFF 2013 as a huge achievement, and it makes me hope there is an audience, even if small, for the other sick and weird movies I have in my mind.

Experimental films : Jonathan Ebron of Hong Kong

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“My art was first about exploring religion. My mother is a nun ;  and I was an altar boy.  I started painting. For a long time, I have a lot of things to express, but no one really cares about everything you want to say.

So my work becomes more and more minimal.  I began to explore with light.

I was doing three jobs.  It gets hard.  I want to make the art I want. In Hong Kong, it is about selling art and not making art.  You struggle when you want to persuade something but you still need to do the normal thing. So my art becomes more about hidding.

My experience with Experimenta is that it’s refreshing.  She had no rules.  So I am free to put my art. It was like, what do you want to do, what can you work with.  After talking for 30 minutes, it’s .. OK let’s do it. This is a small place, but I was working with a big thinking space.

They did it wrong.  They don’t let us grow in our own rights.  I can’t compete with the big guys.  There is hope. It’s a good time in Hong Kong. It’s starting.  We still have a chance.

“During the crash and the deflation of the duck, we sent the ducklings to the Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Shui, …silent from the artist ”

Jonathan Ebron during Art Basel, where he is routinely putting up the Trilogy stickers around town.

Out of the beaten track & outside of your usual Art Basel destinations, Melissa Pierce chose Top Ten Hong Kong Galleries to see contemporary visual art during the Art Basel week.

Where to go during Art Basel week : Top Ten Galleries in Hong Kong

Experimenta is now showing The Trilogy Project 23 (Thurs)-27(Monday) May 2013

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