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“The Temptation of St. Tony” Sunday, 17th September – Sydney

After a brief hiatus, we’ll be showing one films next Sunday, 17th September. We will be showing the film by Veiko Õunpuu, Püha Tõnu Kiusamine “The Temptation of St. Tony” (2009).

Püha Tõnu Kiusamine “The Temptation of St. Tony” (2009).


The movie tells the story of Tõnu, a mid-level manager who develops an aversion to being “good” and finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle-age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life. Tõnu Ploomipuu, a seemingly typical Estonian man who has a beautiful wife, lovely daughter, new suburban house, expensive car and nice clothes, is an emotionally strained, somewhat naive person with evidently materialistic values. The events start to unfold after the funeral of Tõnu’s father. What follows, is a series of fragments from Tõnu’s life – an accidental murder of a dog while driving home from the funeral, a visit to a local police station, discovery of his wife’s betrayal with another man, meeting with a depressed clergyman in a deserted church and a night at a luxurious brothel Das Goldene Zeitalter.

Veiko’s film is a dreamlike, magical surrealist Post-Soviet pastiche laden with angst and occasional horror, paired with stunning black and white cinematography and a haunting original soundscape and score.

Please be advised, the film depicts some graphic scenes of cannibalism and dismemberment and dead dogs in one scene – which has garnered the film some controversy from animals rights communities.

Õunpuu received the European Talent Award at the Cannes International Film Festval in 2008, while Estonian Film Critique’s Association awarded it as the best Estonian feature film of 2009. It was selected in the Sundance Film Festival (USA) and was screened in Rotterdam’s (The Netherlands) and Gothenburg’s (Sweden) festivals. His previous work including “Sügisball (Autumn Ball) in 2007 has been considered as Õunpuu’s break-through in local (Estonian) as well as international scene. Since then he has directed 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero (2011), Free Range (2013), Roukli (2015) and Viimased “The Last Ones” (2020) which we will try and screen sometime next year if possible!

EVENT DETAILS 

Admission: Free!
Doors open: 5:00pm
Film starts: 5:30 pm
Language: Estonian with English subtitles​
Address:141 Campbell St,Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Note: Parking is free on Sundays around Reservoir St, Samuel St and Goodchap Street.

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By Lachlan Bell

Immersed in the Sydney Estonian community, fascinated by our community’s history and story.