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Retrospective
Alyosha Meelis Muhu

Occupier or liberator? Estonian and Russian nationalists are locked in a bitter dispute about the Soviet soldier memorial in Tallinn. Meelis Muhu captures how it is being passed on to the next generation and how it can erupt in the heat of the moment.

Alyosha

Documentary Film
Estonia
2008
67 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Meelis Muhu
Meelis Muhu
Erik Norkroos, Kullar Viimne, Ants Martin Vahur, Raul Keller, Oleg Besedin, Raimo Kummer, Jüri Liim, Urmas Eero Liiv, Arvo Vilu, Kristina Norman
Kersti Miilen, Erik Norkroos, Meelis Muhu
Meelis Muhu
Mallar Prandi, Mario Narbekov
Occupier or liberator? Estonian and Russian nationalists are locked in a bitter dispute about the Soviet soldier memorial in Tallinn. Meelis Muhu captures how it is being passed on to the next generation and how it can erupt in the heat of the moment.
Post-Angst
Body Memory Ülo Pikkov

Yarn dolls are brutally unravelled as they are transported in a wagon. A symbolic and physical memory of things our ancestors experienced.

Captive

Animated Film
Estonia
2012
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Timo Kähara
Thomas Auner (performer) / Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)
Timo Kähara
Timo Kähara
Timo Kähara
Timo Kähara
Timo Kähara
The loneliness of a man in his prison cell. Routine is his only companion: every day he makes a new mark on the wall. But eventually every wall is covered...

Fly Mill

Animated Film
Estonia
2012
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Sander Põldsaar
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, Priit Pärn
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Horret Kuus
The miller who lives in an old water mill spends his time raising ducks. Therefore he is baking brad out of flies, while the hunters are shooting birds on the vast field in front of his window. In a misterious way all these elements are unseparably attached to each other.



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Film 2012

Disobedient Images
Frank & Wendy: The Sausage Factory Kaspar Jancis

Where can you find a Russian church with a “topless exchange”? And where can you find a “Porno Plaza”? In Tallinn!

Frank & Wendy: The Sausage Factory

Animated Film
Estonia
2003
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kalev Tamm (Joonis Film)
Kaspar Jancis
Margo Kölar
David Snowman
Tarmo Vaarmets, Ülle Metsur, Annely Pöldsaar, Marje Ale, Eda Kurg
Priit Pärn
Margo Kölar
Where can you find a Russian church with a “topless exchange”? And where can you find a “Porno Plaza”? In Tallinn! Hot territory then for FBI agents Frank and Wendy of the eponymous series who in this first episode must deal with Nazi dwarves in a sausage factory. And sure, the US and Latvia get what’s coming to them, too. Kaspar Jancis strikes again – delightful!

Ines Seifert

Happy Birthday

Animated Film
Estonia
2012
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Andrus Raudsalu, OÜ Nukufilm
Riho Unt
Malle Maltis
Urmas Jõemees
Riho Unt
Marili Toome, Andres Tenusaar
Riho Unt
Horret Kuus
A science fiction vision of the duel between the biblical hero Jesus and a man-made robot. Will the robot manage to break the fixed dogmas and transform religion to his advantage or will the status quo stay firm?

Retrospective
Hotel E Priit Pärn

The inconsistency of two historical narratives (West and East), translated into the surreal world of Priit Pärn, master of Estonian animated film.

Hotel E

Animated Film
Estonia
1992
30 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Hille Kuusk
Priit Pärn
Olav Ehala
Janno Põldma
Kersti Miilen
Meelis Arulepp, Mailis Kuusik, Riina Kütt, Raul Lunia, Piia Maiste, Ülle Metsur, Tiina Mänd, Mati Oja, Triinu Ootsing, Triin Sarapik, Evelin Temmin, Maigi Tross, Tarmo Vaarmets
Priit Pärn
Jaak Elling
The inconsistency of two historical narratives (West and East), translated into the surreal world of Priit Pärn, master of Estonian animated film.

Hotel E

Animated Film
Estonia
1992
30 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Olav Osolin
Priit Pärn
Olav Ehala
Janno Põldma
Kersti Miilen
Meelis Arulepp, Mailis Kuusik, Riina Kütt, Raul Lunia, Piia Maiste, Ülle Metsur, Tiina Mänd, Mati Oja, Triinu Ootsing, Triin Sarapik, Evelin Temmin, Maigi Tross, Tarmo Vaarmets
Priit Pärn
Jaak Elling
Priit Pärn, Valter Uusberg
“But for the sake of this fierce dispute (…) this revelation was given to me (…). But what (…) may follow after this I do not wholly know (…). For when the lightning rises at the centre he looks through it, but he doubtless cannot comprehend it.” Jakob Böhme

A drastic vision of the rebirth of the Estonian Republic after fifty years of Soviet occupation: Materia prima and the dualism between East and West.

Mait Laas

In Bed with a Writer

Documentary Film
Estonia
2019
63 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marju Lepp
Manfred Vainokivi
Manfred Vainokivi
Kersti Miilen
Manfred Vainokivi, Peeter Sauter
Horret Kuus
A friendly, beer-bellied gentleman in boxer shorts and glasses slouches on a couch behind a big shop window in the busy historic city centre of Tallinn. He greets the puzzled, giggling passers-by, along with a simple cardboard sign in the corner of the window that says “Begging for Love”. This nice man next door is the Estonian writer Peeter Sauter. And when he writes, he’s not nice, he provokes with coarse language. He feels close to Charles Bukowski, but as an Estonian writer he’s enough of an outsider.

Sensitive, honest and delicately staged, Manfred Vainokivi encounters this man in his late fifties and in the middle of a writer’s and life crisis in his film. Sauter still sees himself as a little boy, but after a divorce his concern now is which woman could be interested in an old, fat man. He philosophises in the nude, sitting in front of the washing machine with a bottle of beer. The artistic provocateur reveals a deep romantic longing. He exposes himself to comic and irritating role-playing games to reach new horizons of experiences: sleeping on his parents’ grave, learning striptease and modelling for a racist photographer and his terrible motifs. In all his melancholy, Peeter Sauter still walks towards life: “Do you know anyone, who’s gotten anywhere just by thinking?”

André Eckardt

Lembri Uudu

Documentary Film
Estonia
2017
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Edina Csüllög, Liis Nimik
Eeva Mägi
Tanel Kadalipp, Jaan Jaago
Heiko Sikka
Jette-Krõõt Keedus
Eeva Mägi
Tanel Kadalipp
The people in the Estonian village of Pähkla have grown old since Uudu last saw them. Now he visits them once more – as a ghost, for Uudu died a long time ago. Their reunion is all the more cordial: schnapps is served, along with anecdotes. According to Nietzsche it takes three of such anecdotes to form the image of a person. Was that how Uudu was? What he sees today is the camera’s field of vision. The reactions are immediate. Watching them is entrancing.

Carolin Weidner

Lisa, Go Home!

Documentary Film
Estonia,
Lithuania
2012
27 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Uljana Kim, Studio Uljana Kim
Oksana Buraja
Kristina Sereikaite
Oksana Buraja
Oksana Buraja
Giedrius Aleknavicius
Liza has a secret. It will be there, that place somewhere high above where nobody hurts anybody, where everything is beautiful. “That’s where we will live, my family and I.” Liza whispers to herself when she expresses her feelings, which are the focus of Oksana Buraja’s fairly provocative film. Her mother “counts to three”, then the tears must be wiped off and “commands to be merry” are issued. “Standing in the corner” is also part of the daily routine. The girl regularly runs away from home, away from this world of subalterns which is depicted as so deficient, disgusting and horrible that it feels like more than borderline voyeurism. But the focus is always on Liza. We watch her mother and a friend on their tipsy, smoky dancing parties (with men who are barely good enough for partying) from her perspective. Her child’s eyes create idyllic counter-worlds – from the Virgin Mary to a babbling brook. Liza walks barefoot, Liza sings. Liza whispers. Pure innocence. A child. It’s almost a miracle (but then again perhaps not) that she wants to have her family with her “up there” where it’s so nice.

– Barbara Wurm

Manivald

Animated Film
Canada,
Croatia,
Estonia
2017
13 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Jelena Popović
Chintis Lundgren
Terence Dunn
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Jelena Popović
Chintis Lundgren
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Manivald (fox, 33) lives under his draconian, slightly weird mother’s thumb. His repressed behaviour takes a turn when the washing machine breaks down. That is, takes a turn when Toomas the plumber (wolf, sexy) appears with his “deluxe tools”. Candy-pink romance, tough drama and depth psychology, packaged with delicate comedy and a remarkable sense of timing by Chintis Lundgren.

André Eckardt

Miriam's Kite

Animated Film
Estonia
2013
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Andrus Raudsalu
Riho Unt
Tiit Kikas
Ragnar Neljandi
Riho Unt
Marili Toome, Triin Sarapik-Kivi
Leelo Tungal, Peep Pedmanson
Flying her colorful kite is Miriam’s favorite game. One day, her little brother and her adventurous hen also want to try it out.
Kids DOK
Miriam’s Hen’s Dream Andres Tenusaar

Oh, to depart in autumn like the migrant birds! The little hen dreams of the sunny south and wants to follow them.

Miriam’s Hen’s Dream

Animated Film
Estonia
2016
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kerdi Oengo, Andrus Raudsalu
Andres Tenusaar
Tiit Kikas
Sergei Kibus
Andres Tenusaar
Triin Sarapik-Kivi, Marili Sokk
Leelo Tungal, Peep Pedmanson
Tiina Andreas
Oh, to depart in autumn like the migrant birds! The little hen dreams of the sunny south and wants to follow them. Her friend Miriam is sceptical.

Lina Dinkla
Re-Visionen
Night of the Carrots Priit Pärn

The residents of the PGI Hotel seem to be competing who’s the most eccentric. The rabbits on the top floor have already taken over the world...

Night of the Carrots

Animated Film
Estonia
1998
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kalev Tamm, Linda Sade
Priit Pärn
Olav Ehala
Ruth-Helene Kaasik
Priit Pärn
Marje Ale, Eda Kurg, Raul Lunia, Ülle Metsur, Ruslan Piterja, Ebe Tramberg, Tarmo Vaarmets, Thomas Frey, Simon Piniel
Priit Pärn
Jaak Elling
The residents of the PGI Hotel seem to be competing who’s the most eccentric. The rabbits on the top floor have already taken over the world and rule it through voodoo, and something either creepily horrible or utterly wonderful will happen in the approaching night of the carrots.

Ralph Eue