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kino! film night will be running a first-time Halloween special screening some contemporary horror short films for the end of October. kino! for Halloween will be screening:

  • Põrgu / Hell (1983)
  • Horror Anthology: Elas kord / There Lived + Hirm / Fear + Mausoleum (2017)

Põrgu / Hell (1983) is an Estonian grotesque animated film by Rein Raamat. The animation brings three Eduard Viiralt (Wiiralt) nightmarish engravings from the 1930’s to life: The Preacher, Cabaret, and Hell. “The engravings and the animation were created in a time of great uncertainties: in the 1930’s Viiralt was reacting to the anticipation of the War and in the 1980’s Raamat was having a presentiment of the chaos that the USSR’s collapse would bring about. Both depicting a feast in the time of plague, indulgence, and surreal satirical representations of people’s vices.”


Horror Anthology (2017) is a showcase of talented new filmmakers from Estonia shown as an anthology in memory of Estonian director Anri Rulkov (1972-2008)

  • “Elas kord / There Lived” (2015) by Maria Reinup is a chilling tale of a group of youngsters seeking shelter from an abandoned house, but find themselves in a haunting labyrinth with no way out instead
  • “Hirm / Fear” (2004) by Anri Rulkov recounts a young woman drives to her mother’s funeral to a psychiatric hospital where she falls under the harrowing spell of charismatic Dr. Schulze
  • “Mausoleum” (2016) by Lauri Randla tells the story of our protagonist pathologist Abrikosov who is woken from a nightmare by a phone call. but the reality of recently embalmed Lenin in his sarcophagus is far worse and could cost him his life.

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 $5 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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