ESTONIAN FILMDAYS IN OSLO AND TRONDHEIM:
2.-3. September – Cinemateket Oslo
4. September – Cinemateket Trondheim
Estonian film days are concurrent with the state visit of the President of Estonia to Norway.
2012 / 93 min
Directed by Toomas Hussar
51% of Estonia is covered by forests. That is over half of our territory, yet we have no idea what is going on there. Estonian politician Aadu finds out the hard way, when a casual mushrooming trip to the woods turns into a survival nightmare. A film that effortlessly switches back and forth between drama and comedy, horror and action, Mushrooming taps into the local psyche, satirizing social issues as well as politics, when a scandal suddenly breaks out in the capital, threatening to destroy Aadu’s career.
Tuesday, 2nd of September at 17.00 Cinemateket Oslo
Disco & Atomic War
2009 / 77 min
Directed by Jaak Kilmi & Kiur Aarma
During the Soviet times, the leaders of the Estonian Communist Party wanted, at one point, to erect a huge metal net in the Baltic Sea to block airwaves that permitted people in Tallinn to watch Finnish television. They were right: Disco & Atomic War argues a very valid point that it was actually jeans, disco and Finn-TV which brought on the collapse of an empire. The film is done in a fiction doc style, mixing dozens of stories from the era that add up to a witty polaroid of the times when everything was just a little bit too crazy.
Tuesday, 2nd of September at 19.00 Cinemateket Oslo
Trailer: Disco and Atomic War
Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange (3D)
2013 / 72 min
Directed by Mait Laas
A 3D puppet musical in Italian and French that highlights the current topic of European immigration? Yes, it has to be seen to be believed. An Italian bourgeois girl Lisa Limone falls is love with a boat refugee Maroc Orange from North Africa. They sing their way through social injustice, but will their fruity affair be rewarded with happiness? Those who still have their eyes intact and untouched by the massive explosion of colour and sound by the end of the trip, will find out.
Wednesday, 3rd of September at 18.00 Cinemateket Oslo
Trailer: Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange
2007 / 123 min
Directed by Veiko Õunpuu
In this much-acclaimed film, existentialist drama meets pitch-black humour. An architect, a writer, a hairdresser, a single mom and a wardrobe clerk try to maintain integrity, find love and make sense of their lives. The high-rise district they all call home seems to strip them all of any personality, and all is fair in this war: alcohol, diaries, TV soap and strangulation.
Wednesday, 3rd of September at 20.00 Cinemateket Oslo
Trailer: Autumn Ball
A Spell to Ward off the Darkness
2013 / 98 min
Directed by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
Is it possible to make contact with your spiritual self in a modern world? Robert A. A. Lowe (known from the band Lichens) sets out to do just that, as a member of a hippie commune in Estonia, a hermit in Finland and a singer in a black metal band in Norway. Ben Rivers and Ben Russell have constructed a wonderful, spatial, metaphysical masterpiece that isn’t even sure if it’s asking any questions, or giving any answers. After all, it’s all about the journey, isn’t it?
Wednesday, 3rd of September at 22.00 Cinemateket Oslo
Trailer: A Spell to Ward off the Darkness
Flowers from the Mount of Olives
2013 / 66 min
Directed by Heilika Pikkov
Have you ever wondered what lies in the past lives of nuns? Ksenja, who resides in a monastery on the Mount of Olives, is confronted by her past that reveals itself as an adventure book full of ups and downs, love, vice, and a fair bit of science. Now, Ksenja has made her peace and prepares to give a vow of eternal silence. But what comes to light before that?
Thursday the 4th of September at 17.00 Cinemateket Trondheim
Trailer: Flowers of the Mount of Olives
The New World
2011 / 88 min
Directed by Jaan Tootsen
When fish rots from the head down, it’s time to start the cure from the tail. In a true trickster fashion, a young and independent grassroots movement “The New World Society” starts provoking governing powers of the city to turn their attention to matters concerning the betterment of living conditions in their district. However, when trying times call for real (paper)work, things begin to fall apart. Can a revolutionary function behind a desk? And is “the New World” a realistic goal, or just a dream?
Thursday the 4th of September at 19.00 Cinemateket Trondheim
Trailer: The New World