Two Estonian directorial debut features Goodbye, Soviet Union by Lauri Randla and Firebird by Peeter Rebane are chosen for the programme „Russian Trace“ at this years’ Moscow International Film Festival. The former had it’s world premiere at the A-list Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, followed by screenings at Tromsø IFF and Cleveland IFF, the latter had its start at London’s oldest LGBTQ+ film festival BFI Flare.
EFI’s Heritage Department manages all the films made in the legendary Tallinnfilm studio in the years 1941-2001. As there was only one films studio in the Soviet Estonia, it forms a considerable majority of all the films made in Estonia during this period, including the biggest national hits like “Spring” and “The Last Relic”. There are approximately 850 films on the list, not to mention countless chronicles.
Like every treasure, the Tallinnfilm heritage needs to be properly archived and accounted for. The heritage department’s additional activities include the restoration of old film stock with scratched picture and faded colours. The digitization of the film library has been going on for years and hopefully one fine day in the future will see the whole Tallinnfilm heritage in its entirety ready and available in the form of high resolution digital files.
In today’s thick jungle of copyright and intellectual property laws one must not forget that the Tallinnfilm films are copyright protected. The heritage department is your go-to advisor in legal matters, when you want to have a public screening of one of the films, use a quote in a commerical or a TV show etc. Without authorization, it is unfortunately not permitted.