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2019 Program


Animated Film “Lotte and the Lost Dragons” (2019)
Apr
7
3:15 PM15:15

Animated Film “Lotte and the Lost Dragons” (2019)

In this third film of the series of Lotte films that children know and love, the spirited girl dog Lotte gets a little sister named Roosi. Karl the raccoon and Viktor the fish are scientists who come to Gadgetville. They are taking part in a big folk song collecting competition. Whoever succeeds in recording the folk song of the world’s oldest animal species, the mythical fire-breathing dragon, wins the competition’s grand prize. Lotte and Roosi decide to help the scientists. Exciting and unexpected adventures await the sisters.

Film by Andrus Kivirähk, Janno Põldma, and Heiki Ernits.

Suggested combined donation for all events held on April 7th is $20

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Lecture “Soulscapes” by semiotician and writer Valdur Mikita
Apr
6
2:30 PM14:30

Lecture “Soulscapes” by semiotician and writer Valdur Mikita

The bog, the forest, and the sea form a significant part of our cultural identity. What kind of ethnic meaning do our primeval/wild landscapes possess and why do they affect the inner workings of our mind after all?

This lecture will be held in Estonian.

Suggested combined donation for all lectures and documentaries held on April 6th is $15

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Lecture "Mindscapes of an Indigenous People" by linguist and anthropologist Indrek Park
Apr
6
1:30 PM13:30

Lecture "Mindscapes of an Indigenous People" by linguist and anthropologist Indrek Park

Most Estonians take it for granted that they are “an indigenous people,” a definition that has a very different meaning in the eyes of international law. Do the people and their language somehow become less indigenous when their land becomes an independent country? A cross-cultural perspective helps to shed light on the indigenous traits that manifest themselves in the cultural and linguistic patterns still surviving in Estonia.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm in Estonian
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm in English

Suggested combined donation for all lectures and documentaries held on April 6th is $15

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Films “Spirit of Narva: Narva as a Nuclear Town” (2019) and “The National Debt” (2018)
Apr
6
12:30 PM12:30

Films “Spirit of Narva: Narva as a Nuclear Town” (2019) and “The National Debt” (2018)

Short documentaries about the past, present, and future of the border town Narva. We are joined by the producer Maarja Lõhmus.

Films start at 12:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm.

Suggested combined donation for all lectures and documentaries held on April 6th is $15

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Opening Ceremony
Apr
5
5:45 PM17:45

Opening Ceremony

The Estonian Consulate General in New York welcomes everyone to the 2019 Cultural Days Celebration.

Enjoy performances by folk dance group Saare Vikat and musicians Grete Paia and Uku Suviste.

Explore Maria Spann’s Exhibit and Opening of “Children of the 1944 Estonian Diaspora”.

Meet and greet some of Estonia’s most promising and rising startup companies.

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Film “The Manslayer/The Virgin/The Shadow” (2017)
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Film “The Manslayer/The Virgin/The Shadow” (2017)

The film consists of three chapters. The Manslayer takes place more than a hundred years ago. The leading character Maara is a young bride who is about to start her life in her new family. The Virgin, set in the spring of 1949, tells the story of a young woman called Elina, who has been deported from Ingria into Estonia during the previous war. The Shadow moves in the present, on the border of real life and fantasy. The main character, Luna Lee, has decided to flee from home. Is there anything besides emptiness somewhere? The film is led by the singularity of the leading character - Maara, Elina and Luna Lee are all played by the same actress - Rea Lest. 

Director Sulev Keedus, writing by Sulev Keedus and Madis Kõiv, cinematography by Erik Põllumaa ESC and Ivar Taim, art direction by Toomas Hõrak and Anna-Liisa Liiver, film editing by Kaie-Ene Rääk, music department Martynas Bialobžeskis, sound department Saulius Urbanavičius, produced by Kaie-Ene Rääk, co-produced by Rasa Miškinyté and Era Film (Lithuania). 

General Admission $12
Double Feature General Admission $15

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Film “The Wind Sculpted Land” (2018)
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Film “The Wind Sculpted Land” (2018)

The Wind Sculpted Land is a film about Estonian nature. The nature of this Northern country might not seem anything special at a first glance, but digging deeper one can find true gems. Flooded meadows, coastline, bogs altogether with wild animals and flocks of migrating birds are actually small worlds on their own. Even more, the very same nature has held and sculpted the character of the people living here. 

The film was made during 2015-2018, it took more than 400 days out on the field filming birds, animals and different landscapes. Filming took place in different parts of Estonia, mainly in natural parks.

The Wind Sculpted Land is truly a magical journey to Estonia´s unique and scenic nature.

Director Joosep Matjus.

General Admission $12
Double Feature General Admission $15

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