FNE partners in Berlin: Estonian films

We are happy to announce, that five Estonian features will be screened at the European Film Market in Berlin this year.
From February 5-12 you are also welcome to our Baltic Films stand at the same location as always, Martin Gropius Bau G2.
Ask for more information on the features, docs, shorts and animation, or just come and say hello.

Estonian Film Foundation



Feb 6 13:30 CinemaxX Studio 14
Feb 10 11:00 CinemaxX Studio 11

94 min
Dir: Rene Vilbre
#8 highest grossing film in Estonia in 2008 (46 561 viewers)

Riina Sildos, Amrion, Estonia
Aleksi Bardy, Helsinki-Filmi OY, Finland

Nobody is born to be a drug dealer.
Rass, 17, elite school student, though living alone and poorly in an Estonian slum, has dreams about family and love. One night he gets a phone call from his friend who invites him to a party held in honour of Olari, 26, who has just got out of prison. That very same day Rass has sold his cell phone and his jacket in order to buy some food.
Olar offers Rass an opportunity to earn some money. He has to sell drugs. Rass agrees. This is the start for a turbulence of uncontrollable events where he is drawn in. Getting arrested may be his only chance to start that other life he is dreaming about.



Feb 8 16:00 CinemaxX Studio 11
Feb 9 13:00 CinemaxX Studio 11

100 min
Dir: Hannu Salonen
National premiere: January 22 2009

Piret Tibbo-Hudgins, Allfilm, Estonia
Jarkko Hentula, Juonifilmi, Finland
Philipp Homberg, Homberg Filmproduktion, Germany Wide Eyed Films, Ireland

Tom, an easygoing young boy, ends up in a hospital with a Chechen man Artur, after having saved his life in a bomb explosion. Tom attaches quickly to this mysterious man, helping him to escape from the hospital.
A kind of friendship evolves between them, Artur trying to keep Tom away from his personal war. Tom is thrown into dramatic events that abruptly open his eyes. The chain of death and vengeance seems unstoppable and the question arises if Tom will become a part of it.



Feb 7 09:00 CinemaxX Studio 11
Feb 10 16:30 CinemaxX Studio 11

Action drama
92 min
Dir. Asko Kase
#7 highest grossing film in Estonia in 2008 (50 369 viewers)

Producer: Artur Talvik, Eetriüksus, Estonia

Newly-weds Tanel and Anna Rõuk decide to leave Estonia to look for luck and better life in Paris. They pack their belongings and go to the Baltic Railway Station on the dark early morning of December 1, 1924. In the previous hours, however, communist revolutionists have launched an attack in Tallinn that changes their plans drastically.
Anna is taken hostage by the communist leader. Tanel manages to escape and must, in the following cliff-hanging events, rescue both his wife and in the end also the young Estonian Republic.



Feb 8 12:15 CinemaxX Studio 11

99 min
Dir: Ain Mäeots
The first film in the world made in Seto language

Producer: Anneli Ahven, Exitfilm, Estonia

Taarka is a life story of a woman with a very special destiny, about the Seto people, their life in Russia, the way they ended up in the Republic of Estonia in 1930s, and how they were Estonianized.
A country girl who in spite of fate or maybe due to her misfortune stayed true to her nature, her talent and her calling.
A woman who danced where she could have walked and sang where others might have spoken.



Feb 11 09:00 MGB Kinosaal

Black Comedy
85 min
Dir. Liina Paakspuu

Producer: Karin Reinberg, Revolver Film

Liina, a young girl from the village, decides to begin an independent life in the city. In the new environment she discovers various microcosms, comprising of the strange and the strangers around us.
Each of them has a personal dream, each is heading somewhere.
Struggling with unimaginable obstacles, Liina finally finds something, which allows her to go on; something she had actually come looking for – herself.

Tristan Priimägi
International Relations
Estonian Film Foundation
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Last modified on 17-02-2009