Estonian Film Days Launched in Berlin
From November 16-19, the first Estonian Film Days “Estnisches Filmfest 2017” will take place at the Sputnik Cinema in Berlin.
The four-day festival will bring the best of recent Estonian cinema to the Berlin audiences. Many of the films are screening in Berlin right after their German premieres at prestigious festivals in Hamburg, Cottbus, Lübeck, Mannheim-Heidelberg and Leipzig. “This Estonian film celebration will show our filmmaking to the local audience, thereby also explaining something about the essence and thinking of Estonians. We’re not so easy to get to know and I think film helps with that,” said Merit Kopli, the Estonian Cultural Attaché to Germany. “Estonian films have been very visible in Germany this year. The traditional Estonian film evenings took place in Bremen, Oldenburg, Kiel, Hamburg and Berlin in October. There was also an Estonian documentary night in Berlin and Estonian short films were screened at the beginning of November. Not to mention the numerous film festivals around Germany that screened our films,” Kopli is happy to report. The Estonian Film Days will screen fresh feature films “The End of the Chain” (dir. Priit Pääsuke) and “The Man Who Looks Like Me” (dir. Katrin Maimik, Andres Maimik). Other films in the program include the popular comedy “The Dissidents” (dir. Jaak Kilmi) and the most in-demand film of the recent DokLepzig Film Festival, “The Soviet Hippies” (dir. Terje Toomistu). The best of short and animation films will also be screened. Children can watch “The Secret of Soup Town” (dir. Margus Paju) and those looking for a thrill can enjoy the features “The Pretenders” (dir. Vallo Toomla) and “Ghost Mountaineer” (dir. Urmas E. Liiv). Several filmmakers will be in attendance to answer the audience’s questions and talk about their films in more detail. Along with the film program, there will be a networking event for Estonian and German producers aiming to promote cooperation between the two countries. Berlin’s film producers will find out more about opportunities to film in Estonia and hear about our financing options including the cash rebate program Film Estonia. The Estonian Film Days in Berlin are taking place thanks to cooperation between the Estonian Film Institute, the Estonian Cultural Endowment, the Estonian Embassy in Berlin and the State Chancellery of the Republic of Estonia’s 100th anniversary celebration team. The goal of the event is to improve awareness of Estonia and Estonian culture, promote cooperation between the film industries in Estonia and Germany and draw attention to Estonia’s current Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the upcoming anniversary of the republic. Additional information: Event webpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/1713736231970156/ Kino Sputnik: https://www.sputnik-kino.com/program/featured Estonian Film Institute Sigrid Saag E-mail: Sigrid@filmi.ee Phone: +372 5590 5777