Thursday
Nov052015

Estonia supports making of 6 movies for the republic's 100th anniversary

BC, Tallinn, 29.10.2015.
The Estonian state commissions 6 movies for 8 million euros for the republic's 100th anniversary celebrations; the organising team of the Estonian Republic 100 events, culture ministry and Estonian Film Institute declared the winners of the contest on October 28th 2015, LETA/Postimees Online reports.

 

The Estonian Republic 100 film contest was announced in December 2012. The first round of the competition received 165 film ideas by June 2013, of which 17 were selected, Public Broadcasting reports.

 

Scripts were written for the selected 17 by October 2014, and 9 strongest of those were chosen. The creative development of the 9 films lasted exactly one year, or till the beginning of October by 2015. This week, after a seven hour discussion, 6 films were chosen that will go into production. For the directors of five films, this is their first full-length film project.

 

The six films include several historical films: a film based on part 1 of A. H. Tammsaare's novel "Truth and Justice", considered to be almost Estonia's national epic, the director of the film is Tanel Toom; "Comrade Child", based on Leelo Tungal's autobiographic books, director Moonika Siimets; "Hell's Jaan", directorKaur Kokk; "Princess, Page and Felix", director Raimo Jõerand.

 

The list also includes "Take It or Leave It", which is placed in modern time and is directed by Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo and animated movie "Lotte and Lost Dragons", directors Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits.

 

The films should reach cinemas in 2017-2019.

Thursday
Aug202015

Dedicated website to celebrate Estonia's 100th anniversary launched

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The Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018 and will also hold the presidency of the European Union in the same year.

In anticipation to the anniversary, the dedicated web page EV100 has now been launched by the government. Published in Estonian, Russian and English, the page keeps people posted about the upcoming events and preparations.

It has now also sent out an “invitation” on its platform, asking people to “make gifts“ for the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia.

“The 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia is such an important event that the organizing of it can’t be put solely on the shoulders of public authorities. For this reason, the government is handing the reigns of celebrating the 100th birthday of Estonia over to the people. This means that everyone has the possibility to contribute to it, by organizing an event or doing something important for the community,” Heiki Loot, the Secretary of State, said.

“With every birthday the main question is always “what should the birthday present be?” What would be an honourable gift for Estonia?” Jaanus Rohumaa, the head of the Organizing Committee of Estonia 100, said.
“Making gifts for Estonia actually means making gifts for ourselves. We have an excellent opportunity to make gifts and pleasant surprises for each other, because the birthday of the Republic of Estonia is a celebration for the people of Estonia. The 100th birthday is an opportunity to meet new people and for working together.

Everyone should see this as an opportunity for self-development and a chance to show what they can do and what they love. We live in Estonia, we are closely connected to this land and there are people here who we love and congratulate – so let’s make gifts for them,” Rohumaa added.

The 100th birthday will be celebrated over longer period, not in a single day. Major celebrations are expected to start in April 2017, to mark the centralizing of Estonian land into one province. The anniversary's culmination will be February 24 in 2018, but the celebrations will continue up until February 2 in 2020, the anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty.

Many preparations have already started. For example, the Union of Estonian Architects has launched the architectural programme “Good Public Space” involving the centers of many towns in Estonia; Estonian people have been encouraged to plant oaks in designated parks all over the country.
S. Tambur
Thursday
Aug202015

Michael Sittow exhibition at National Gallery of Art - 2018.

Director General of Estonia's National Museum of Art (KUMU) announced yesterday at the Estonian Embassy in Washington D.C. that the National Gallery of Art and KUMU will in 2018 cooperate in showing 20 paintings by Michael Sittow (born in Tallinn, 1469-1525). The show will run three months in Washington and three months in Tallinn. Sittow was queen Isabella's court painter. The works come from Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. This is a major event, a great recognition of Estonia's Museum of Art as a worthy partner of the world's major art museums.

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