Archive of films Midsummer Day / Jaanipäev

Estonia
1978, 20 min

Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

  2H4 Saturday 30/6 19:30 Husovka Theatre
  4C5 Monday 2/7 18:30 Čas Cinema
  832 Friday 6/7 10:30 Congress Hall
This film will be screened with the following films:

Daring, honest, and provocative, Sööt’s camera exposes a traditional midsummer night’s celebration in a Brezhnev era urban setting, when drinking had become a problematic issue. Songs from pagan romantic rituals are almost the only link between the old traditions and contemporary reality.


Synopsis

Daring, honest, and provocative, Sööt’s camera produces an exposé of a traditional midsummer night’s celebration held in an urban setting during the Brezhnev era, when drinking had become a problematic social issue. Songs from pagan romantic rituals are almost the only link between the old traditions and contemporary reality. The film depicts the new rituals of the celebration while also questioning the state of Estonian society at a time when tall prefab apartment buildings, inhabited by people from all over the Soviet Union, were a mark of Soviet Estonia.

Zane Balčus

About the director

Andres Sööt (b. 1934). Selected filmography: Ruhnu (1965), 511 Best Photographs of Mars (511 paremat fotot Marsist, 1968), Conductors (Dirigendid, 1975), Midsummer Day (Jaanipäev, 1978), Year of the Dragon (Draakoni aasta, 1988), Konrad Mägi (2001), Camino (2011)

Contacts

Estonian Film Institute
Uus 3, 10111, Tallinn
Estonia
Tel: +372 627 6060
Fax: +372 627 6061
E-mail: film@filmi.ee
www: www.filmi.ee

About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
   
Director: Andres Sööt
Screenplay: Andres Sööt
Dir. of Photography: Andres Sööt
Production: Tallinnfilm
Sales: Estonian Film Institute

Guests

Andres Sööt

Film Director

Eda Koppel

Film Institution Rep., Festival Organizer


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