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kino! film night at Estonian House is run on the first Sunday of every month, screening contemporary short films and feature films that have come from Estonian since 1991. A related short with some additional context and commentary about each film.

kino! in August will be screening:

  • Kolm Päeva Augustis / Three August Days (2018)
  • Elu on töö on elu / Life is work is life (2021)

Kolm Päeva Augustis / Three August Days directed by Madli Lääne, is a coming-of-age film following a complicated friendship between an Estonian girl Eva and a Russian boy Kir during the fall of Communism and the rise of Capitalism in the Soviet Union. The short has won a litany of awards for Best Short Film, Best Children’s Film, Best International Film, Female Director and more across the short film circuit.


Elu on töö on elu / Life is work is life is directed by Jan Erik Nõgisto and produced by Priit Aus, exploring one completely ordinary family who have more responsibilities than time to fulfill them – do your job well, take care of children and family members in need – and look after yourself too! An incomprehensible boss, a grandfather who shakes his hand plus an infant with stomach troubles, put our protagonists, (Tambet Tuisk and Evelin Voigemast) in a place where they have to do everything themselves and asking for help is out of the question. Things start to improve when father and mother dare to talk to their employers (Liina Vahtrik and Ain Mäeots) and also ask for help from the school and the local government. Duties often come at the same time, and in the middle of it all, it can be difficult to consider one’s own needs when other family members require support.

Through the prism of black humor, the film proposes solutions in reconciling work, family life and one’s own needs.


Doors will open at 5:00pm with the short film screened first around 5:30pm. A brief intermission will be held between, where people can go to the bar and purchase drinks and Estonian-style toasties. The feature film will then be played afterwards. Entry to Eesti Maja for Kino! is $10 for Sydney Eesti Selts members and $15 for non-members, with money going directly back into the community to help support and run future events.

Please email lachlan.bell@eesti.org.au for any enquiries or film suggestions for Kino movie nights and stay posted for updates on which films are coming up! Click here to view the Kino! Facebook page for upcoming movie information.

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