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etro-kino! is a new monthly screening format to go alongside our regular kino! Movie Nights at Sydney Estonian House. Occurring each third Sunday of the month, Estonian feature films made between 1914-1991 will be showcased alongside a related short with some additional context and commentary about each film. retro-kino! for July will be screening:
retro-kino! for July will be screening:
  • Laenatud naene / The Borrowed Wife (1913)
  • Härmävidäjä (2021)
  • Keskpäevane praam / The Midday Ferry (1967)

Laenatud naene / The Borrowed Wife is considered the first Estonian fiction film and is not credited to any inidivdual director. Made when the country was still held under the Russian Empire, it was filmed sometime in 1912. Not only lost, but completely unknown to film scholars until resurfacing in the 2010s and restored by author/filmmaker Mart Sander. Telling the story of a young bachelor pretending he has a wife and child to claim a living allowance from his rich uncle. Unfortunately, this plan falls apart when the uncle actually comes to visit.


Härmävidäjä is a short one-minute film telling the story of a young wannabe Seto boy who does not know his mother tongue.


Keskpäevane praam / The Midday Ferry (1967)directed by Kaljo Kiisk, takes place in the summer of 1960. Following a couple madly in love wanting to leave for Saaremaa, unable to afford a ticket they stowaway in a hay lorry. As a one of the first truly Hollywood-like films produced in Soviet Estonia it is a tale of comedy, heroism, carelessness, jealousy and love.

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. 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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