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  • Border Youth
    Border Youth

    Original title: Noored piiril

    2019 | Documentary | Director: Aleksandr Heifets

  • Celebration
    Celebration

    Original title: Prazdnik

    2019 | Documentary | Director: Vladimir Loginov

    For nearly twenty years now one small Estonian town has organised a Ukrainian-themed fair, during which a beauty contest is held. This observational film explores whether beauty can be an object of competition, and how we should understand the phenomenon of beauty contests in the modern day.

  • Dance Of Death
    Dance Of Death

    Original title: Surmatants

    2019 | Documentary, Portrey | Director: Vaiko Edur

    Documentary about American cultural historian Paul Firnhaber, who has found his peace in a small town of Estonia, called Viljandi.

  • Elen vös - Joint Prayer Ceremony Of The Eastern Udmurts
    Elen vös - Joint Prayer Ceremony Of The Eastern Udmurts

    Original title: Elen vös - Kaama-taguste udmurtide ühispalvus

    2019 | Documentary, Antropological | Director: Liivo Niglas

  • Emade päev
    Emade päev

    2019 | Documentary, Portrey, Problem oriented | Director: Kristiina Davidjants

  • Funeral Diaries
    Funeral Diaries

    Original title: Matusepäevikud

    2019 | Documentary | Director: Marko Raat

    The daily bread of ministers of small congregations is not sermons in the church; it is constant work with the old and the dying. A holy man who has been removed from his friends and peers and suddenly transplanted into another culture is often lonely and broken himself.

  • Gurt Vös - Village Prayer Ceremony
    Gurt Vös - Village Prayer Ceremony

    Original title: Gurt vös - külapalvus

    2019 | Documentary, Antropological | Director: Liivo Niglas

    An Ethnographic film about the traditional sacrificial rite of the Udmurts in Bashkortostan at village group level.

  • Hold Onto Me
    Hold Onto Me

    Original title: Ära mind lahti lase

    2019 | Documentary | Director: Ingrid Hübscher, Sigrid Reede

    Conductor Elo Tammsalu-Schmitz left Estonia 20 years ago because of love. As she prepares to take the European Choir of Estonians to the Estonian national Song Celebration, her German husband Hartmut also needs to learn the songs.

  • Immortal
    Immortal

    Original title in Estonian: Surematu

    2019 | Documentary | Director: Ksenia Ohhapkina

    Born to march to the rhythms of the power, they follow the promise of immortality. The film looks at the making of a Russian citizen from a fresh angle.

  • In Bed With A Writer
    In Bed With A Writer

    Original title: Kirjanikuga voodis

    2019 | Documentary | Director: Manfred Vainokivi

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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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