Estonian film

World-famous Christopher Nolan is to shoot a movie in Estonia

The world-famous director, Christopher Nolan, is in the summer of 2019 going to shoot his new movie in Estonia – and no, it’s not April Fools. The new spy thriller, titled “Tenet”, has already started shooting, according to a statement by Warner Brothers. It will be filmed on location across …

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Estonian film industry aims to catch attention in Cannes

Estonia is represented with the pavilion at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in France, showcasing the country’s movies and its movie industry, aiming to catch attention. Under the leadership of the Estonian Film Institute, tens of Estonian movie professionals are represented at the festival, taking place from 14 to 25 …

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Review: “Võta või jäta” – if being a good father means being a good citizen

Can the film submitted by Estonia to the Oscar competition suggest that fatherhood and citizenship share the same spiritual foundation? Estonia has submitted Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo’s drama, “Take It or Leave It” (“Võta või jäta”), as the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film award. What makes it the right choice …

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Estonian movie “The Little Comrade” wins the best feature film award at the UK Film Festival

The Estonian movie about Stalinist tyranny, “Seltsimees Laps” (“The Little Comrade”), was crowned the best feature film at the UK Film Festival 2018 in London. The movie is based on the autobiographical novel written by the renowned Estonian writer, Leelo Tungal, and tells the story of the six-year-old Leelo, whose …

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Ahto Valter – the Estonian who sailed around the world

It took nine years of detective work to finish a documentary about Ahto Valter, the first Estonian to sail around the world; this layered story about a hero from a past era takes the viewer on a journey through time. This article is published in collaboration with the Estonian Film Institute. …

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Estonia sends a drama about fatherhood to join the Oscar race

Estonia has submitted Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo’s drama, “Take It or Leave It”, as the country’s submission for the foreign language Academy Award. The film is about a 30-year-old construction worker, Erik, who unexpectedly finds his ex-girlfriend at his door with the message that she has given birth to their daughter. The woman …

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Review: “Juured”, an Estonian documentary about women who are not ashamed of their wounds

Six Estonian female film directors share their intimate experiences and show us that facing pain is an act of freedom. Is it a coincidence that the words “juuksed” (hair) and “juured” (roots) are so assonant in Estonian? Perhaps they share more than a vague sound. Almost all cultures consider hair …

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“Seltsimees Laps” – not only a movie about Stalinist tyranny, but also on Estonian modesty

The Tallinn-based Italian expat, Milena Spigaglia, shares her thoughts on the new Estonian movie about the Stalinist tyranny, “Seltsimees Laps” (“The Little Comrade”). When I was a child, I asked my mother – who passed away a few years ago and simply loved to take care of her garden – …

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New Estonian documentaries to celebrate the country’s centenary

Many long-awaited Estonian documentaries will premiere in 2018 and all of them are fitting in their own way to celebrate the 100th birthday of the nation. This article is published in collaboration with the Estonian Film Institute. The new documentaries look to the past more than to the modern day. We …

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