Estonian Animation 1970s to 1990s

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The Souvenir

SUVENIIR

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Synopsis

A critique of the consequences of imperialism, a war hero returns home with a souvenir to celebrate their victory. As he basks in the festivities, the conquered retaliate.

Credits

  • web-6a1-thesouvenir-director Considered the father of Estonian animation, Elbert Tuganov began his career in Germany before returning to establish Nukufilm. He has made 38 animated films and won numerous international awards for his works.

Breakfast on the Grass

EINE MURUL

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Synopsis

Four friends prepare to meet for a party and find themselves entangled in the political system they live under. A creative re-imagining of the circumstances behind Manet’s 1863 painting Le déjeuner sur l’herbe.

Credits

  • web-6a2-breakfastonthegrass-director Priit Pärn worked as a plant ecologist before becoming Estonia’s most famous animator. He has received over 80 awards in his career, including four Life Achievement Awards.

Papa Carlo's Theatre

PAPA CARLO TEATER

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Synopsis

Serving as an allegory for society at the time, a chaotic puppet theatre performance descends into extreme violence as the puppets try to escape the strings that control them.

Credits

  • web-6a3-papacarolostheatre-director A protege of Estonian animation legend Priit Pärn, Rao Heidmets began working in animation in 1982 when he joined Nukufilm. Prior to being an animator, Heidmets was trained as an engineer.

Legends of Tallinn

TALLINNA LEGENDID

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Synopsis

A magical folktale about the odd circumstances and mysterious builder of the Oleviste Church in Tallinn.

Credits

  • web-6a4-legendsoftallinn-director-leolattiweb-6a4-legendsoftallinn-director-heikiernits Leo Lätti is an animator best known for his works Legends of Tallinn, Tom & Fluffy, and Winter Day. Heiki Ernits is a member of the ESTTRANSSÜRR art group. He has made numerous commercials, illustrated book covers, company trademarks and numerous publications.

1895

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Synopsis

The lives of the Lumiere brothers are played out in this fictionalized account of the birth of cinema.

Credits

  • web-6a5-1895-director-priitparnweb-6a5-1895-director-jannopoldma Priit Pärn worked as a plant ecologist before becoming Estonia’s most famous animator. He has received over 80 awards in his career, including four Life Achievement Awards. A writer of four children’s books, Janno Põldma has worked in Nukufilm Studio since 1973.

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