GRAVEYARD KEEPER'S DAUGHTER
(Dir. Katrin Laur)
„Graveyard Keeper’s Daughter“ begins by showing us the beauty and blessings of childhood. It is about LUCIA’s (8) childhood, who leads a kind of Pippi Longstocking life in the countryside of Estonia with her friends. JATS (7), the closest of them, is a girl with Down syndrome.
This film shows us life as seen through Lucia’s eyes. Soon we will meet her parents. Lucia loves her mother MARIA (37) and father KAIDO (35), but she understands that alongside with advantages - unlimited freedom for a child! - having a mother who is a drunk, creates some problems. Father Kaido, the graveyard keeper, is often absent working as a day laborer on construction jobs, but even so he will never make enough money to buy Lucia the bicycle she is dreaming about, nor even a skateboard. Often, the money is being spent on Maria’s drinking…
Release date: 23. Feb. 2011
DANCES FOR THE MILKY WAY. LENNART MERI’S FILM JOURNEYS
Lennart Meri (1929–2006), a writer and a filmmaker, was elected twice the President of the Republic of Estonia, in 1992-2001.
Over the course of 25 years Lennart Meri’s life and creative works were closely linked with Estonian film production.
„Dances for the Milky Way” follows Lennart Meri's film quests since 1964 when he was invited to work as an script editor for Tallinnfilm, where he would quite soon become the key person for planning Estonian-Finnish film co-operation.
„Dances for the Milky Way“ details the stories of the makings of Lennart Meri's anthropological documentaries on Finno-Ugric peoples, such as „The Waterfowl People“ (1970), „The Winds of the Milky Way” (1977), “The Sounds of Kaleva” (1986), “The Sons of Torum” (1989) and „The Shaman“ (1997).
Director and screenwriter: Jaak Lõhmus
Duration: 61 min.
BURATINO, SON OF PINOCCHIO
One autumn night, when Maria Carlo, a single woman, wishes for a child, a magic seed from outer space flies into the room and impregnates her. A strange wooden boy is born, whom the surprised and overjoyed mother names Buratino. Buratino grows up to be a typical teenaged brat who doesn’t quite live up to his mother’s expectations. He plays in a band with his gawky friends Artemon, Pierrot and Toivo. To sell Mamma Carlo’s pastries, they sneak into the gated part of the city where the rich people live. There they create disturbances, get in trouble with the police, and look for inspiration for their songs. The spacey delinquents fail to notice the giant skyscraper where Carabas Barabas, a malevolent billionaire, has set a trap. He wants to get his hands on a legendary boy who is half wooden, half human, inside of whom grow millions of magic seeds. The pranks of Buratino and his friends collide with Carabas Barabas’ plans to conquer the world by putting the seeds to evil use. Chaos ensues, the likes of which the city has never seen before.
A twisted love triangle (a prison
warden, a female prison guard and a male prisoner) that in this case
does not lead any of the involved parties either to the altar or to
attempting suicide in romantic desperation. Instead, the protagonists
achieve liberation from their own personal spiritual imprisonment. But
what kind of walls exactly do the three protagonists have to break through?
How does one find out what actually limits and inhibits us from getting
on with their lives – and from being happy, even when free? The
dance feature Another (Teine) was shot in Tartu Prison, Estonia. The
film is partly based on real life events.
DEATH IS LODGING IN THE FILED
The film Death is Lodging in the
Field is the third part of the film Masing’s Landscapes and focuses
on the soviet-era period of Uku Masing’s life. The soviet authorities
declared people associated with religion to be outlaws. Even his wife
Eha had difficulty in finding a job. At home, Uku maintained the ingrained
ordering of the affairs of his life characteristic of a university lecturer.
Thanks to the self-denial and heroism of his wife Eha, he completed
works that were later duplicated by hand. The KGB kept an eye on his
correspondence with the Free World. A general understanding of this
scholar who designated himself for internal emigration is gradually
formed. Was everything really so simple? This third film ties together
the KGB, the theme of Women and the spread of his works in the form
of manuscripts with the help of nearly thirty people who have come into
contact with Masing and completes the trilogy.
UNIVERSITAS TARTUENSIS 375
The University of Tartu was founded
in 1632 and celebrated its 375th anniversary in 2007. Universitas Tartuensis
is one of the oldest universities in Northern and Eastern Europe. It
is at the border of different cultures and worlds, a stronghold of education
that has stood between East and West, which became the national university
of Estonians in 1919. This film uses a light tonality to provide an
overview of the birth and history of the University of Tartu, as well
as its present day life. A great deal of archival material is used in
this film. The present day life of the university was filmed in the
spring of 2007.
OUR CORNER OF THE WORLD.
The Palace, Deconstruction no 3"
Fragments of the various kind
of information about Kadrioru Castle throughout the last three centuries:
drawings and paintings, postcards, photographs, documentaries, TV news,
feature films, plays, music videos. Pictures from the past are connected
with the views from the castle taken in winter and spring of 2008.