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Feature Film
(Dir. Katrin Laur)
„Graveyard Keeper’s Daughter“ begins by showing us the beauty and blessings of childhood. It is about LUCIA’s (8) childhood, who leads a kind of Pippi Longstocking life in the countryside of Estonia with her friends. JATS (7), the closest of them, is a girl with Down syndrome. This film shows us life as seen through Lucia’s eyes. Soon we will meet her parents. Lucia loves her mother MARIA (37) and father KAIDO (35), but she understands that alongside with advantages - unlimited freedom for a child! - having a mother who is a drunk, creates some problems. Father Kaido, the graveyard keeper, is often absent working as a day laborer on construction jobs, but even so he will never make enough money to buy Lucia the bicycle she is dreaming about, nor even a skateboard. Often, the money is being spent on Maria’s drinking…

Release date: 23. Feb. 2011

Documentary film

Lennart Meri (1929–2006), a writer and a filmmaker, was elected twice the President of the Republic of Estonia, in 1992-2001. Over the course of 25 years Lennart Meri’s life and creative works were closely linked with Estonian film production. „Dances for the Milky Way” follows Lennart Meri's film quests since 1964 when he was invited to work as an script editor for Tallinnfilm, where he would quite soon become the key person for planning Estonian-Finnish film co-operation. „Dances for the Milky Way“ details the stories of the makings of Lennart Meri's anthropological documentaries on Finno-Ugric peoples, such as „The Waterfowl People“ (1970), „The Winds of the Milky Way” (1977), “The Sounds of Kaleva” (1986), “The Sons of Torum” (1989) and „The Shaman“ (1997).

Director and screenwriter: Jaak Lõhmus
Duration: 61 min.

Feature Film

One autumn night, when Maria Carlo, a single woman, wishes for a child, a magic seed from outer space flies into the room and impregnates her. A strange wooden boy is born, whom the surprised and overjoyed mother names Buratino. Buratino grows up to be a typical teenaged brat who doesn’t quite live up to his mother’s expectations. He plays in a band with his gawky friends Artemon, Pierrot and Toivo. To sell Mamma Carlo’s pastries, they sneak into the gated part of the city where the rich people live. There they create disturbances, get in trouble with the police, and look for inspiration for their songs. The spacey delinquents fail to notice the giant skyscraper where Carabas Barabas, a malevolent billionaire, has set a trap. He wants to get his hands on a legendary boy who is half wooden, half human, inside of whom grow millions of magic seeds. The pranks of Buratino and his friends collide with Carabas Barabas’ plans to conquer the world by putting the seeds to evil use. Chaos ensues, the likes of which the city has never seen before.

A twisted love triangle (a prison warden, a female prison guard and a male prisoner) that in this case does not lead any of the involved parties either to the altar or to attempting suicide in romantic desperation. Instead, the protagonists achieve liberation from their own personal spiritual imprisonment. But what kind of walls exactly do the three protagonists have to break through? How does one find out what actually limits and inhibits us from getting on with their lives – and from being happy, even when free? The dance feature Another (Teine) was shot in Tartu Prison, Estonia. The film is partly based on real life events.

The film Death is Lodging in the Field is the third part of the film Masing’s Landscapes and focuses on the soviet-era period of Uku Masing’s life. The soviet authorities declared people associated with religion to be outlaws. Even his wife Eha had difficulty in finding a job. At home, Uku maintained the ingrained ordering of the affairs of his life characteristic of a university lecturer. Thanks to the self-denial and heroism of his wife Eha, he completed works that were later duplicated by hand. The KGB kept an eye on his correspondence with the Free World. A general understanding of this scholar who designated himself for internal emigration is gradually formed. Was everything really so simple? This third film ties together the KGB, the theme of Women and the spread of his works in the form of manuscripts with the help of nearly thirty people who have come into contact with Masing and completes the trilogy.

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 and celebrated its 375th anniversary in 2007. Universitas Tartuensis is one of the oldest universities in Northern and Eastern Europe. It is at the border of different cultures and worlds, a stronghold of education that has stood between East and West, which became the national university of Estonians in 1919. This film uses a light tonality to provide an overview of the birth and history of the University of Tartu, as well as its present day life. A great deal of archival material is used in this film. The present day life of the university was filmed in the spring of 2007.

The Palace, Deconstruction no 3"
Fragments of the various kind of information about Kadrioru Castle throughout the last three centuries: drawings and paintings, postcards, photographs, documentaries, TV news, feature films, plays, music videos. Pictures from the past are connected with the views from the castle taken in winter and spring of 2008.