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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 July will be screening:

  • Jää / Ice (2017)
  • Vehkleja / The Fencer (2015)

Jää / Ice is a short film directed by Anna Hints, tells the story of Harri – a lieutenant colonel in the Estonian army. Divorced, only seeing his 10-year old son during school holidays, Harri decides to make up for lost time by going on a father-son trip to an island across an icy sea.


Vehkleja / The Fencer  directed by Klaus Härö, is a touching drama adapted from the lfie story of Endel Nelis, an Estonian fencer and coach. Selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, and nominated for the Golden Globe award in the Best Foreign Language Film category (as Finnish-German-Estonian co-production).

Recounting the story of a man who finds meaning in his life through the children who need him, the story follows young fencing champion Endel arriving in a small town Haapsalu to work as a PE teacher. In spite of the opposition of the school principal, Endel manages to get a permit to teach fencing for students and our story continues from there.


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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