Archive of films Midsummer Day / Jaanipäev
1978, 20 min
Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
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.
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.
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)
About the film
Black & white, DCP
|Section:||Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary|
|Dir. of Photography:||Andres Sööt|
|Sales:||Estonian Film Institute|
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