Present Imperfect

This programme is 90 minutes and is a part of the International Competition.

Fri 23/10 | 12:00 Reginateatern
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Patent No. 314805

Finnish engineer Eric Tigerstedt solved the dilemma of sound-on-film already before World War I. All images and sounds in this film are produced from the surviving test materials originally created in 1914.

Finland, 2020, 2, Direction: Mika Taanila, Production: Jussi Eerola, Mika Taanila.
Mika Taanila (1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with documentaries, experimental film and visual arts. Human engineering, utopias, failures and man-machines are recurring themes in his films and installations.


Greece 1986-1987, a little before the fall of State Socialism and just at the end of the Cold War. In front of Anthi’s eyes the country is changing, the world is changing and with them Christos seems to be changing too.

Greece, 2020, 24, Direction: Thelyia Petraki, Production: Kostas Tagalakis.
Thelyia is an awarded director, scriptwriter, anthropologist, a Berlinale Talents (2019) Alumnus, and a jury member in European Short Pitch (ESP Nisi Masa 2015). Graduated from Cal Arts in Los Angeles, USA with a BA in Film/Video and from UCL London, UK with a Master in Social Anthropology.

Any Instant Whatever

A man in a room, in a film – it is the becoming of something and simultaneously becoming in itself. Nothing is as solid as we believe … The film explores philosophical discussions on time and change in regards to our perception of time, bodies and objects, and our inability to comprehend the full motion of things.

United Kingdom, 2019, 5, Direction: Michelle Brand, Production: Michelle Brand.
Michelle Brand is a German-English animation director, illustrator and sound designer based in London, who enjoys discovering new ways of expressing complex ideas visually. Her films attempt to visualise philosophical concepts, with a special focus on time, movement and change. Playing with many different structures and aesthetics, she keeps blurring the lines between theory and practice.

The Tortoise and the Hare

A story of a mother and a son and the race against a tortoise where you always lose.

Estonia, 2020, 8, Direction: Ülo Pikkov, Production: Ülo Pikkov.
Ülo Pikkov studied animation at Turku Arts Academy in Finland and since 1996 has directed several award-winning animation films. In 2005 he graduated from the Institute of Law in University of Tartu, focusing on the media and authors’ rights. For 10 years he was associate professor of the Animation Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts supporting new talents in the Estonian animation scene. In 2018 Pikkov received a doctoral degree at the Estonian Academy of Arts.


Sohrab Hura focuses on intimate family life, particularly the relationship between his mother who was diagnosed with acute paranoid schizophrenia and her dog, Elsa.

India, 2019, 13, Direction: Sohrab Hura, Production: Sohrab Hura.
While the core of Sohrab Hura’s work lies in photographs, he tries to break that form regularly and extend it into film, text and sound. In 2010 he made Pati, a ten minute short film in which is an assemblage of photographs, collected sounds, film footage as well as text and his voiceover to give a glimpse of life in a village in Central India.

The Natural Death of a Mouse

Some days she imagines that by her sheer will she can make body parts fall off of people who seem vicious to her. And some other days everyone around her looks beautiful. And when she was little, she wished that flowers would grow out of her footprints.

Germany, 2020, 21, Direction: Katharina Huber, Production: Katharina Huber.
Born in St. Petersburg and since 2012 an independent artist and filmmaker. Lives and works in Cologne.

Where to Land

An elderly mute woman finds herself on a remote island, where she subsequently meets a young man who longs to visit his mother.

Finland, 2020, 15, Direction: Sawandi Groskind, Production: Sawandi Groskind.
Very little is known about Sawandi. It is rumoured that he was born in the same hospital as Elvis Presley.

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