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Estonian motion pictures for the world audience?

Few years back I was asked:

Q. Anybody with a perfunctory knowledge of film history appreciates the influence of Russian filmmakers on the artform. I can think of not only Eisenstein, who was one of the most important figures in the history of film, but also influential filmmakers like Vsevolod Pudovkin, Alexander Dovzhenko, and Dziga Vertov. What about specifically Estonian filmmakers? Are there any whose work you admire?

There are. I like a lot of Estonian films. They remind me more of American films then the Russian ones. They are not so deeply philosophical and some are actually rather entertaining. I personally feel that Estonian films would do well in American cinema. If someone would like to try me, I to bet that dubbing a Soviet occupation era Estonian film into English would turn it into something hilarious -- something that school kids would memorize and repeat the lines from. You may think: "Well, that's unlikely. School kids don't like old foreign films that are black and white." Trust me. Young people would love these films. I particularly enjoy the work of a comedian director Sulev Nõmmik. As far as I know he directed only 3 films: "Mehed ei nuta" (1968; "Men Don't Cry"), "Noor pensionär" (1972; a.k.a. "Young Pensioner") and "Siin me oleme" (1978; "Here We Are"). "Here We Are" is a musical comedy that probably means to as much to Estonians as Monthy Python means to the British. Arvo Kruusement's "Kevade" (1969; "Spring") is to me a classic that I wouldn't miss if it were released in theaters again. Elmo Nüganen's "Nimed marmortahvlil" (2002; a.k.a. "Names in Marble") is a historical drama about how young Estonian schoolboys lost their lives in war fighting for Estonian independence in 1919. Priit Pärn's animated films are interesting. I hope this gives you an idea of what Estonian films are like.

Today I see great future for Estonian films.

One example of a wider audience family film is Rene Vilbre's "Röövlirahnu Martin"; another one carrying weight is Priit Pärn, Kaspar Jancis, Ülo Pikkov, Priit Tender's animation "Frank & Wendy". More recently there has been an explosion of wonderful motion pictures from director Ilmar Raag with: "Ya ne vernus", "Kertu", "Klass". Tanel Toom's "Truth and Justice" is a masterpeace. Very enjoyable has also been the "The Fencer" by Klaus Härö, and "Tangerines", directed by Zaza Urushadze. Estonia is making headway in the system of European film festivals. Hopefully, but most unlikely, the situation scale will change by the involvement of a studio system to balance auteur films with specific audience targeted genre motion pictures.