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retro-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 June will be screening:

  • Omad / True (2018)
  • Hukkunud Alpinisti Hotell / Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel (1979)

Omad / True, directed by Marta Pulk, is a dark comedy short film set in a doctor’s office where five strangers wait in line for their appointment. The cold atmosphere awakens their hidden fears and complexes. In a changing world, even an innocent joke is enough to trigger an avalanche.


Hukkunud Alpinisti Hotell / Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel directed by Grigori Kromanov is an acclaimed cult sci-fi detective film based on the sci-fi novel “Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel” by brothers Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. When police officer Glebsky prepares to spend a peaceful night in a lonely alpine hotel, he has no idea of the eccentric guests he will meet; Hinckus with TB, physicist Simone, the respectable Mr and Mrs Moses and the mysterious hotel manager Alex.

Credited as the first Estonian sci-fi film, it was ahead of its time in terms of style, structure and theme with neo-noir cinematography and Sven Grunberg’s dreamy synth score. The unlikely fusion of sci-fi, thriller, and mystery genres is strikingly modern and extremely daring.


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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