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  • Teofrastus
    Teofrastus

    2019 | Animation, Puppet | Director: Sergei Kibus

    Story of a cat, looking for a place to call home.

  • Roots: With Mum At The Monastery
    Roots: With Mum At The Monastery

    Original title: Juured: Emaga kloostris

    2018 | Documentary | Director: Anna Hints

    A mother and daughter with a painful past go to a monastery in Thailand together. Will the 26 days of silence filled with strict meditation help them to make peace with their past?

  • Snowbirds
    Snowbirds

    Original title: Kliimapagulased

    2018 | Documentary, Portrey | Director: Maria Uppin, Robi Uppin

    Ave Nahkur, the author of the Ladies of Our Village (Meie Küla Eided) picture series, decides to make a change in her life and move from her home village in Estonia to one of the Spain's Canary Islands. The documentary tries to find out how difficult it is to leave all familiar paths in one's homeland and whether this decision can be right at all.

  • Life Before Life
    Life Before Life

    Original title: Elu enne elu

    2016 | Animation, Other types of animation | Director: Rao Heidmets

    Truth is a relative concept. Depending on the point of view, everybody can be right.

  • Color
    Color

    Original title (in Estonian): "Värv"

    2014 | Students film, Documentary | Director: Karl Jakob Jürna

  • Kosmos 68 - Legends vol 1
    Kosmos 68 - Legends vol 1

    Original title: Kosmos 68 - Legendid vol 1

    2011 | Documentary, Music Documentary | Director: Peeter Brambat

    Documentary about Estonian rock music as a birth-story of a fresh thought in the contradictional Soviet cultural space.

  • Singing Nadezhda
    Singing Nadezhda

    Original title: Laulev Nadežda

    2011 | Documentary, Portrey | Director: Aljona Suržikova

    Portrait about Nadezhda, a street musician and a mother of nine, whose songs are full of love.

  • Butterflies
    Butterflies

    Original title: Minu Laialdased Teadmised Liblikapüüdmisest

    2010 | Students film, Short | Director: Kaur Kokk

  • Life is a Flower
    Life is a Flower

    Original title: Elu on lill

    2010 | Documentary | Director: Manfred Vainokivi

    Two grand old masters, artists Evald Okas and photographer Kalju Suur, are recording the beauty of a naked woman.

  • Freedom Starts from Within
    Freedom Starts from Within

    Original title: Vabadus algab seest. Kai-Mai Olbri autoportree

    2009 | Documentary, Portrey | Director: Kai-Mai Olbri

    This film's central theme is freedom - human and above all artist's freedom: artistic, spiritual and physical, observed retroactively by the author herself. This sincere and confessional biography examines the author's complicated and versatile artistic nature. Marriage to a loved one brings on a clear understanding of responsibility. You become positive, that happy co-existence is what allows a human being to feel free. It is because of that freedom, that you can take on new challenges and understand, that be it painting, writing, acting, or filming - your art is one whole.

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Eesti parim kolmanda sektori e-teenus 2015

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The database is maintained by NGO Estonian Film Database. It was opened on 12.12.2012 and is meant for providing information about the whole Estonian film heritage from 1912. We plan fully complete it by 2022 but already now full and partial entries for about 16 000 films, 9000 filmmakers and more than 200 production companies could be retrieved in Estonian and partly in English. Translation of film descriptions and keywords into English is an ongoing process. Read more detailed overview.

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