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For July’s Kino, we will be screening a double feature of Andres Söödi’s 1978 documentary ‘Jaanipäev (St John’s Day)’ and Triin Ruumet (b. 1988) debut feature-length film “Päevad, mis ajasid segadusse (The Days That Confused)” from 2016.

Opening with ‘Jaanipäev’, Söödi’s documentary tells the story of celebrating one of our most important holidays in an urban setting. Shot with a hidden camera, the contrasting film vividly portrays the changing traditional content of Midsummer’s Eve celebrations and the emotional impoverishment of the city people – their loneliness and, at the same time, their alcohol-induced exuberance in a large crowd.

Following on with ‘The Days That Confused’ is a modern tragicomedy with a dark sense of humour. Set in the latter half of the 1990s, Allar aged 27, moves from one house party to another, bumping into more and more colourful characters and more and more confusing cases. The tense and bizarre events make him seriously reflect on his life, and he is faced with a frantic search for self-discovery in post-Soviet Estonia.

Set to a thumping soundtrack of nostalgic europop, the film takes us on a wide, alcohol-induced frantic and oft-intimate ride through the nineties.

Join us from 5pm for a screening from 5:30pm, with the bar open with drinks and food available. This event is volunteer run and helps support the Estonian Society of Sydney @sydneyeesti Thankyou to the Estonian Cultural Foundation in Australia for granting us funds to keep us going!

Kino! showcases a range of voices and languages from our Estonian and broader Finno-Ugric community. Our kino! program seeks to create a fun and engaging platform for people to engage with Estonian film and enjoy the company and thoughts of others. Kino klubi also provides you new access to our extensive collection through a membership program allowing you month-long rentals for free.

Each screening will run start around 5.30pm, doors at 5pm. Entry is free and donations are welcome as a non-profit community organisation run by volunteers all proceeds of from this event go directly back into our community to help support our cultural activities for the next generation of Estonians.

Note: All films are subtitled in English.

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