Film Archive

Captive

Animated Film
Estonia
2012
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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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...

Happy Birthday

Animated Film
Estonia
2012
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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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?

International Programme 2018
Pearfall Leonid Shmelkov

A fat blue blob on a pink scooter and a yellow pear hanging from a green tree. A clear-cut dramatic and physical basic constellation starts to falter.

Pearfall

Animated Film
Estonia
2017
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Mari Kivi
Leonid Shmelkov
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Leonid Shmelkov
Leonid Shmelkov
Leonid Shmelkov
Leonid Shmelkov
A fat blue blob on a pink scooter and a yellow pear hanging from a green tree. A clear-cut basic dramatic constellation. But everything slips when the falling fruit outsmarts physics, for base motives and against its laws. In psychoanalytic dream interpretation the pear stands – or hangs – for sexuality.

André Eckardt

Soviet Hippies

Documentary Film
Estonia,
Finland,
Germany
2017
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Liis Lepik, Sarita Sharma, Sami Jahnukainen
Terje Toomistu
Taavi Arus
Martin Männik
Priit Tender
Terje Toomistu
Indrek Soe, Seppo Vanhatalo
A life between Lenin and Lennon. The clash between utopias of freedom and utopias of community. Life as a hippie in the Soviet Union was dangerous – no wonder, considering that the flower children were especially hardened criminals. Just imagine: up to ten phone booths per day were looted in Tallinn alone to tune their electric guitars with the valuable electronic parts. Guitar raid! Drugs, rock’n’roll, long hair, naked bodies, sex, peace, psychedelic art, meditation, Batik shirts, shaggy beards.

The Estonian director Terje Toomistu uses a wide and abundant variety of archive material to trace a lifestyle that marked not only the American 1970s but also proliferated in the metropolises of the Soviet Union, even if nobody there understood exactly what the Beatles were actually singing. And today, 40 years later? Some of the Soviet hippies are now old Soviet hippies. The Vietnam War is over – today it’s the Ukraine War. The KGB has ceased to exist – today Putin is in power. And some things are exactly like they used to be: peace, joy, Batik, beards.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for MDR Film Prize
International Programme 2014
The Term Pavel Kostomarov, Aleksandr Rastorguev, Aleksej Pivovarov

An insider’s look at the leaders of the anti-Putin opposition. From the far left to the far right, intellectuals, celebrities and politicians. A record of churning chaos – up close and breathless.

The Term

Documentary Film
Estonia,
Russia
2014
87 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Pavel Kostomarov, Aleksandr Rastorguev, Aleksej Pivovarov
Pavel Kostomarov, Aleksandr Rastorguev, Aleksej Pivovarov
This is THE film about the opposition against Putin’s Russia. One of its directors, Pavel Kostomarov, was searched during production, many of the protagonists were taken in investigative custody, and some were condemned. The dozens of cameras that contributed to the online clip project initiated in mid-May 2012 on which this film is based are in place when almost all the leaders of the protests against the government are arrested. Only Mr. Belov, the White one, gets away with inciting the Nazi mob to chant “Long live Anders Breivik”. There is Kseniya Sobchak, a politician’s daughter, former godchild of Putin, talk show host and much more, who despite her glamour is a capable representative of the moderate liberal intelligentsia. There is Aleksej Naval’nyj, who has collected countless supporters despite his massive tendency towards the extreme right. There is Sergej Udal’cov, the left wing extremist front man. Or Petr Verzilov, the husband of Pussy Riot’s Nadya and now Madonna’s and Yoko Ono’s “best friend”.
They all accepted a “term” with their appearance. But there is also a “term” that began when Putin became president again – the vital one, as it turns out, with regard to the rise and decline of civic resistance against the autocracy. While the Tsar, to the applause of “maîtres” like Depardieu, sings about his “thrill on Blueberry Hill” …
Barbara Wurm
International Programme 2019
The Weight of All the Beauty Eeva Mägi

The last cowboy sits alone at the kitchen table. He is surrounded by the voices of memory and demons, but he has survived. Someone must remain to commemorate the dead.

The Weight of All the Beauty

Documentary Film
Estonia
2019
24 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Liis Nimik
Eeva Mägi
Tanel Kadalipp
Mattias Veermets
Jette-Krõõt Keedus
Eeva Mägi
Tanel Kadalipp
The last cowboy has grown old. When he walks through the light broadleaf forest or sits at the kitchen table in his house he is and yet isn’t alone. Around him echo voices of memories, affects are condensed into a halting rock music sound carpet. The agile and flowing camera evokes the demon of the bottle, the demon of alcoholism that once took four friends and devastated a village. But the last cowboy survived. Someone must remain to commemorate the dead.

Lukas Foerster

Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves

Animated Film
Croatia,
Estonia,
France
2019
18 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron
Chintis Lundgren
Terence Dunn
Chintis Lundgren
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Darko Vidačković
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić
Pierre Yves Drapeau, Benoît Coallier
Toomas, an attractive wolf who meets with many immoral offers, opens a gigolo service after losing his job. After slow beginnings, business is soon flourishing – even a film offer is not long in coming. He keeps it all to himself. And thus imitates his wife, who, instead of Yoga classes, goes to a female empowerment guru called Alexandra Horn-Eye who was suggested to her via Juutub. Their relationship gradually gains momentum.

Carolin Weidner

Watching the Ball

Animated Film
Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Estonia,
Germany,
Russia,
Serbia
2014
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Michael Schwertel, Martin Kleinmichel
Martin Kleinmichel
Henning Schärfke, Martin Kleinmichel
Martin Kleinmichel
Anastasia Tasić, Ivan Ramadan, Katre Haav, Krunoslav Jović, Nenad Krstić, Tatiana Moshkova, Till Laßmann
Anastasia Tasić, Ivan Ramadan, Katre Haav, Nenad Krstić, Tatiana Moshkova, Till Laßmann, Martin Kleinmichel
Rainer Gerlach
Different people are watching football at different places on earth and in space. While the game connects them all, every one of them has his or her own problems to cope with. A European community project about our favourite sport.