Country Focus: Estonia
Estonian Film Institute allocates 190,000 Euros in grants for minority co-productions
by Laurence Boyce
- The Estonian Film Institute has announced their funding for minority co-productions in 2015.
The fund will support Taska Productions for its participation in The Eternal Road by Finnish director Aku Louhimies, director of popular films such as Frozen Land. Based on the novel of the same name by Finnish writer Antti Tuuri, the film will be shot in Estonia and is a co-operation between Finland, Estonia and Sweden. The film’s main producer Finnish outfit MRP Matila Röhr Productions and the Estonian co-producer is Kristian Taska.
10,000 Euros was allocated for the studio Digital Sputnik for the latest film by Latvian documentary maker Laila Pakalnina, Dawn [+see also:
film profile]. The story is based on the life of Pavlik Morozov, a boy who became a Soviet martyr, and examines the ideology of the Soviet lifestyle and its myths and symbols. The film is a Latvian, Polish and Estonian co-production. The film’s main producer is Latvian outfit, Hargla Company, and the Estonian co-producer is Kaspar Kallas.
Baltic Film Production was granted 20,000 Euros for Vitali Manski’s Genealogy. Set upon the backdrop of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the documentary follows different generations of the Manski family as they offer their thoughts on conflict, politics and life in general. The film is a co-production between Latvia, Germany, Estonia and Russia. The main producer is Ego Media (Latvia) while the Estonian co-producer is Marianna Kaat.
Exitfilm receives 10,000 Euros for Hears. Doesn’t Hear, a documentary from the young and talented Latvian director Kaspars Goba. The warm and humorous film follows 15-year-old Inga - the only hearer and speaker in a deaf and speech impaired family – as she tries to deal with life while being the interpreter between her family and the rest of the world. The film is a co-production between Latvia and Estonia. The main producer is Elm Media and the Estonian co-producer is Eero Talvistu.