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8th Edition Feb 28 – Mär 03, 2024 Innsbruck, Austria


News, 17.07.2020

Winner Short Film Competition 2020

Jury Statement

The film captivates its audience in the first scene with supposedly recognizable images. The viewer is tempted to follow familiar patterns of interpretation. However, these are constantly disturbed and interfered with unexpected turns: the focus is on two caracters who evoke the figures of “mother” and “whore”. But the film is way more complex. The film provokes and surprises in every scene anew. Two Bodies on the Beach leads us through surreal dream worlds, through space and time.

Statement by Anna Ladinig, Angela Christlieb and Verena Sperk

Kaksi Ruumista Rannalla (Two Bodies On A Beach)

Anna Paavilainen • FI 2019 • 20min

A woman wakes up on a beach wrapped in plastic, half naked and in high heels. She persuades an older woman wha has been pushed to the margins of society to accompany her on her revenge trip.

Writer Anna Paavilainen, Laura Birn • Cinematographer Jarmo Kiuru • Editor Tuuli Alanärä • Cast Tuuli Alanärä, Rea Mauranen • Producer Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoffl


Anna Paavilainen is a Finnish director, writer and actor. Her breakthrough performance as an actor was in Zaida Bergroth‘s The Good Son (2011), of which Paavilainen was nominated with The Jussi Prize (“The Finnish Oscar”). After several prestigious theatre, film and TV roles, Paavilainen moved to Sweden to study at Stockholms Filmskola. Also PLAY RAPE, monologue play written, directed and performed by Paavilainen and about the problematics and normalization of rape scenes in the theatre of 21st century Finland, was received with generous reviews and extensive attention in the media. The play has been translated into several languages.