P(l)ain Truth


P(L)AIN TRUTH tells the story of a transsexual's transformation from a biological woman into a biological man. Using poignant imagery, text and music, the film describes the range of emotions that she goes through during the different stages of the painful transformation.
A symbolic documentary, which comments on the relationships between gender, sexuality and biology, traversing between the realms of memory, fiction and reality. (Under Construction, distribution)
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  • Runtime

    14 min
  • Country

  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Ilppo Pohjola
  • Cast

    Sergei Anissomov-Pihl, Leea Klemola, Pia Lehmuskallio, Ilari Nummi
  • Production Company

    Crystal Eye Ltd.
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Short Film
  • Teddy Award Winner

    Best Short Film

Biography Ilppo Pohjola

Independent filmmaker / producer Ilppo Pohjola works with the vocabulary of film, examining its structural and social elements in order to create a body of work that pushes the limits of the medium's physical possibilities. He works between the narrative tropes of Hollywood and the deconstructive methodologies of independent film. The cumulative bodies of knowledge in Pohjola's works are noticeable for their crispness of conception and excess of information. Given his interest in the formal elements of filmmaking, the content of Pohjola's works are surprisingly physical and sensual, even if assaultive.
Ilppo Pohjola has studied at the Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies of the American Film Institute and at Media Arts Department of Sheridan College, Toronto. He has graduated from Faculty of Art, Design and Film of Harrow College of Higher Education, London.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Crystal Eye