Archive of films El Dorado / Eldoraado
1971, 22 min
Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary
Different eras and geographical locations have their own dreamscapes. Here, however, the mythical El Dorado is a mining site. Tambek does not simply document miners’ lives, but creates an image of a secluded universe far away from social norms, one that engenders a unified space between reality and dream.
Different eras and geographical locations have their own dreamscapes, where opportunities and wealth await. Here, however, the mythical El Dorado is a mining site. The director presents the miners’ daily work routines and leisure-time choices, their impressions of a destined fortune and what it will bring. Tambek does not simply document their lives, but creates an image of a secluded universe far away from social reality. It’s a place filled with an array of human portraits, rich visual details, and various landscapes that form a unified space between reality and dream.
About the director
Ülo Tambek (1922–1979). Selected filmography: Memento (1966), Eduard Viiralt (1968), Peasants (Talupojad, 1969), First Five-Pointed Stars (Esimesed viisnurgad, 1970), El Dorado (Eldoraado, 1971), Oil Shale Miners (Kivihännad, 1974), Passion (Passioon, 1978)
About the film
Black & white, DCP
|Section:||Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary|
|Dir. of Photography:||Mati Kask|
|Sales:||Estonian Film Institute|
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