Estonian Film Nights is a 3 months programme (April-July) of film screenings and discussions that guide audiences through different aspects of Estonian cinema and culture. The event shows a unique selection of recent films with the purpose of focusing on new emerging talents. From documentary to fiction, from live-action to animation – EFN brings together Estonia and Portugal into an experience of discovery, dialogue and cultural exchange.
EFN #1 / 24 April / 21:00h
Ivar Murd, Estonia, 2017, Documentary, 71’
Feature length documentary about a former industrial town in Estonia following a cast of characters and exploring the author’s personal relationship with the area.
EFN #2 / 08 May / 21:00h
Special selection of animated short films coming from Eesti Kunstiakadeemia / Estonian Academy of Arts – Faculty of Animation: EKA Animatsioon
VELODROOL / Sander Joon | 06’12” | HD | 16:9 | colour
An addicted biker runs out of cigarettes. He joins a race to get more, but has to take help
from some peculiar people in the audience to stay in the competition.
TOIDUAHEL / FOOD CHAIN / Mari Kivi, Liis Kokk | 08’30” | HD | 16:9 | colour
On one hand it’s a dirty work and on the other hand gorgeous product.
SWEET SWEAT / Jung Hyun Kim | 06’13” | HD | 16:9 | colour
A child recognizes the erotic relationship between the parents. Curious but overwhelmed,
the child takes control.
SOUNDS GOOD / Sander Joon | 09’50” | HD | 16:9 | colour
Boom operator is trying to record the sound of mushrooms.
ONCE IN THE FIELDS OF BOREDOM / ÜKSKORD IGAVUSE VÄLJADEL / Teele Strauss | 05’20”
A short animation „Once in the Fields of Boredom“ is a story about a couple whose life
together has come to an end – they struggle with boredom.
NOT ABOUT US / Michael Frei | 03’37” | HD | 16:9 | colour
A touching entanglement in black and white.
INTERNATIONAL FATHER’S DAY / Edmunds Jansons | 05’00” | HD | 16:9 | colour
For people Father’s Day is a celebration, but for one small bird – an ordinary working day.
And concerns are the same old – to get food for his family.
IN BETWEEN THE WALLS OF PERCEPTION / Pablo M. Ballarín | 03’50” | HD | 16:9 | colour
A robbery takes place. The thief escapes but a policeman manages to chase him.
KÄRBESTE VESKI / FLY MILL / Anu-Laura Tuttelberg | 07’18” | HD | 16:9 | colour
The protagonist is a Miller living in a watermill. He bakes daily bread and raises ducklings
whom he wishes one day to set free. But on the field next to his home, hunters go to shoot
EINE MURUL / BREAKFAST ON THE GRASS / Erik Alunurm, Mihkel Reha, Mari-Liis Rebane, Mari Pakkas | 04’30”
It takes 99% hard work and 1% talent to create a masterpiece!
PÄEVA LÕPUKS / AT THE END OF THE DAY / Lilli-Krõõt Repnau | 03’34” | HD | 16:9 | colour
Experimental film of a growing forest.
JA MINA NAGU LINNUKENE… / AS A LITTLE BIRD I… / Yyhely Hälvin | 07’26” | HD | 16:9 | colour
Birdcage girl has come to the forest to pick up some berries. she meets with a dark and
beastly cat, who seems to plan something… it is a story of how to catch the wind.
EFN #3 / 22 May / 21:00h
SHARDS OF LIGHT
Kullar Viimne, Estonia, 2018, Documentary, 60′
The light holds a special meaning for Dolores Hoffmann, a stained glass maker who has been creating stained glass art for forty-four years. Stained glass is an art form born with Christianity, with the churches and cathedrals.
The film follows the work process of an artist in the creation of one of the last stained glass windows of Church of the Holy Spirit in Tallinn – from the implementation of the project to the blessing of the final production. It is a story about creation, hope and creator’s will.
EFN #4 / 5th of June / 21:00h
Entering pride month, EFN is showcasing LGBTQ stories emerging from the region.
Chintis Lundgren, Estonia, 2017, Animation, 13’
Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother. It is an easy life, but not a good one. This unhealthy co-dependence changes when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.
I LET HER OUT
Ruta Pakalne, Estonia, 2018, Documentary, 27’
I Let Her Out is a short documentary that explores the complex and unusual relationship of the Estonian drag performer Joosep Jürgenson and his stage persona Ursula.
EFN #5 / 19 June / 21:00h
AHTO: CHASING A DREAM
Jaanis Valk, Estonia, 2018, Documentary, 92′
A documentary about Ahto Valter, a big dreamer, a great adventurer and sailor whose journey around the world on a sailboat that carries his name makes young boys yearn for adventure, young ladies write love letters and reporters follow him everywhere.