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Kino @ Estonian House Sydney – Friday 27th July

The Estonian Film Festival Australia (EFFA) and Sydney Eesti Selts (SES) are proud to present….

KiNO! #10 @ Estonian House Sydney on Friday, the 27th of July!

On the program NEXT month will be a double shot of Estonias director supremo, Veiko Õunpuu. Showing will be his short Tühirand (Empty Beach) followed by his first feature, Sügisball (Autumn Ball). Both stories come from another Estonian genius; the late writer, Mati Unt.

***For those of you who don’t speak Estonian just yet, get ‘Diary of a Blood Donor’ – Mati Unt translated into English – a great read!***


18:30 – 19:10 ‘Tühirand’ (Empty Beach) – [M] 2006

Genre: Drama

A young intellectual, Mati, engineers himself into a situation where he has to spend a weekend with his wife Helina and her lover Eduard. The trio goes to Eduard’s summer house, surrounded by the majestic scenery of big forests and an empty beach. Mati, either out of jealousy or pride, has decided to win back his wife and will do anything his introverted and inert mind can come up with. What is love? Who can believe in such a thing? Is there anything at all to believe in? It can in its own minimalist way be a very funny experience and also a sad one to be dragged into this world. This film depicts with great accuracy how it is to feel love being an Estonian, someone who is used to low temperatures and repressed emotions. – (

Shot around the coast of Estonia, Veiko shows his gift of setting up the perfect frame to shoot a scene, all the while delivering a complex story with great and dark humor.

Staring: Rain Tolk, Taavi Eelmaa, Maarja Jakobson


19:10 – 19:30 A shorter than usual intermission where you can grab some finger food and a drink from the bar


19:30 – 21:30 ‘Sügisball’ (Autum Ball) – [R] 2007


Genre: Drama

A young writer called Mati is stalking his ex-wife, while also trying to make unsuccessful passes at other women. August is a barber living a dreary bachelor life who forms a bond with little girl, but his approaches are misconstrued as pedophilia. Laura, a single mom, tears up over sappy soap operas, but refuses real-life advances from clueless men, because her ability to trust has been ruined by her violent drunk of an ex-husband. Maurer, the architect, worries about the wellbeing of humanity, but ignores his own wife Ulvi, who in turn looks for solace in the arms of a coatroom attendant named Theo. Women have always liked Theo, but due to his low social status, they don’t take him seriously. All of these people might inhabit identical tower blocks, but they couldn’t feel more alienated from each other if they tried. – (

Shot around the Lasnamäe area of Tallinn, Veiko metaphorically captures parts of life that some of us do, and some of us don’t get to see. It’s dark, it’s funny, it’s miserable, it’s brutal, but whatever it is, it truly is the one Estonian film you should see before you die.

Stars: Rain Tolk, Taavi Eelmaa, Juhan Ulfsak


 Sügisball(2007) on IMDB


And remember: bring a friend, bring a relative even if they are non-Estonian speaking because ALL FILMS HAVE ENGLISH SUB-TITLES!!! EVERYBODY is invited!

Doors open from 6pm.

Come see both films OR arrive later to see the feature film.

$7 – SES members (please display membership card at the door) $10 – non-SES members **Join SES on the night for $40 and pay $7 for all Kino nights!**

Remember to keep your door ticket as one lucky viewer will win free entry for next months KINO night!!!

Whether its for one film or both your donation towards cultural activities of SES is appreciated.

Finger food and bar service will be available on the night.

All proceeds from the door go towards KINO @ Eesti Maja and the 2012 Estonian Film Festival Australia

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By Kristi Barrow

Loves all things Estonian. Especially Crafters Elderflower gin. Aussie born.

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