Estonian filmmakers at Encounters
You might have noticed that there are plenty of Estonian films in the Encounters programme this year. Estonia has long traditions in animation and what Priit Pärn, the best known Estonian animator, started during the Soviet era, has become a vital art strand that now in a way characterises Estonian art field. The guest programme Estonian Dreams curated by the Animated Dreams, Estonian animation film festival, provides probably the best overview of what is going on in the Estonian animation scene nowadays but you will see bits of Estonian animation also in other programmes such as the Mountains to Maggots!, where the Estonian animation Ussinuumaja (Maggot Feeder) is screened. Although the curator of the programme, Mari-Liis Rebane, is not here at the festival, she sent her comment on the films selected and kind regards from Estonia:
“Estonian Dreams presents the top contemporary Estonian animations from two main animation studios Joonisfilm and Nukufilm but also independent artist Chintis Lundgren. It is a diverse selection of what Estonian animation looks like at the moment. You’ll find satire, calembour, black humour and social criticism as well as discovering insights about yourself,” says Mari-Liis Rebane.
In the Estonian Dreams programme there’s an animation called Köögi dimensioonid (Kitchen Dimensions) by an internationally recognised animator Priit Tender (also author of Maggot Feeder). We managed to catch him and the two other Estonian filmmakers present at the festival for a quick take. Next to Priit Tender you see standing the director Anna Hints and film editor Marion Koppel, who are proudly presenting their short film Vaba maa (Free World) this morning at the INT 7: Visions of Modern Europe.
By Emilie Toomela