Archive of films Georgics / Georgica

Estonia
1998, 109 min

Section: Focus on Baltic Film (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
Year: 2003

An evacuated island becomes a firing range. Jakub lives there and it’s his job to check the accuracy of the attacks. The strange old man has pronounced himself pastor of a non-existent community, and dreams of his African missionary days. A boy is placed under his care after attacking his mother with a knife and their time together is not without complication. 


Synopsis

An evacuated island becomes a firing range. Old Jakub is responsible for monitoring the accuracy of the attacks. The strange old man has pronounced himself pastor of a non-existent community; he dreams of his African missionary days and of translating Virgil’s The Georgics into Swahili. One day a boy is placed under his care: back on the mainland he had attacked his mother with a knife. As Jakub’s silent companion, he takes care of the horses, works the bellows of the organ, listens to African songs and observes the explosions from a destroyed church tower. He obstinately refuses, however, to answer his mother’s telephone calls. One night the artillery fire flattens the ruins of the church and Jakub is killed. The boy sets out to sea in a small boat....

About the director

Sulev Keedus (b. 1957) was trained in music and then graduated in education in Tallinn (1978). In 1977-81 he worked as assistant camera for Esti-Telefilm, then graduated from the Higher Courses for Screenwriters in Moscow (1989). Documentary filmography: Behind the Forest (1982), Luigeluum (1983), Vorokese (1984), Biographies at the Bolshoy Theatre (1985), October in the Harbour Kaunispea (1986), Fearful Haven (1987), The Only Sunday (1990), Pharaoh’s Children (1992), In Paradisum (1993). Georgics (1998) is his feature debut.

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

Color, 35 mm

Section: Focus on Baltic Film (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
   
Director: Sulev Keedus
Screenplay: Madis Koiv, Sulev Keedus
Dir. of Photography: Rein Kotov
Music: Ariel Lagle
Editor: Kaie-Ene Rääk
Producer: Kaie-Ene Rääk
Production: F-Seitse
Cast: Evald Aavik, Mait Merekülski, Ülle Tooming, Rein Oja
Contact: Estonian Film Institute

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