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PUFF 2013

Propaganda – the film

One of the most popular films we shown in PUFF 2013 was Propaganda. For those who have not seen it, it is an extremely funny, hard-hitting mockumentary that criticises how the western world use the media, advertising and PR machines to suppress the people. The most interesting thing about the film was the way it was presented as a real piece of propaganda made by the North Korean government and only because it was smuggled out of the hermit kingdom to South Korea by defectors were we able to see it.

The truth is it was made by New Zealand filmmaker Slavko Martinov, who had no prior filmmaking experience and laboured over the project nearly alone for 9 years! The North Korean ploy was used so that people would  noticed such a low budget project from a virtual unknown. Well it worked out beautifully and when PUFF presented the film, we made no mention of the background and let the viewers decide what they were seeing.

To find out more about the film and how the only actor appeared in it, Eugene Chang, was really mistaken as a North Korean spy,  you can visit its website

Here is Slavko himself talking about the very interesting back story


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editing style manipulated the raw materials within a medium, thus created an aesthetic experience that made the historical content to be of secondary importance but a work that resonates emotions in the audience.“

The Mute 2

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.

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

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.

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