Friday, January 11, 7 pm
Director: Peeter Simm, Estonia, 2005, 97 minutes, English sub-titles
When his wife leaves him for his ‘best friend’, German truck driver Kaminsky is only too glad to take a trip to Estonia. He wants to give his beloved old music box to a friend there, and then possibly take his own life. What Kaminsky doesn’t realize is that he is being followed by a number of people who all want to get to Tallinn as well: an Estonian bank robber who has hidden his stash in Kaminsky’s truck, a philosophical undertaker who is driving the bank robber, the Estonian cellist Stella, who wants Kaminsky to help her get back home, and his ‘best friend’, who is the man behind the bank robbery. In this upbeat comedy, what begins as a drama turns into a quirky, screwball road movie. (18 years and over)
Saturday, January 12, 6 PM
LOTTE FROM GADGETVILLE (Lotte no Izgudrot?ju ciema)
Director: Heiki Ernits, Janno Põldma, Latvia, Estonia, 2006, 81 minutes, English sub-titles
Somewhere on a great seashore stands a small village where inventing all kinds of domestic gadgets is held in great esteem. The most important event of the year is the annual competition of new inventions, where the most efficient and wittiest invention gets the prize. One of the most famous inventors in the village is Oscar, the father of the lively and playful puppy-girl Lotte. Oscar works on a new invention, as does his main rival, rabbit Adalbert. Victory for Adalbert would bring great honour to the entire rabbit clan. Who will be the winner this year?
Sunday, January 13, 6 PM
Director: Maris Martinsons, Lithuania, 2006, 84 minutes, English sub-titles
When the Baltic States regained their independence from the Soviet Union, thousands of Russians found themselves cut off from their native land. Some of them returned to Russia, others became naturalized citizens and resumed their lives in the new country. But two Russian brothers, Kostya and Yura, want neither to return to Russia nor to live under a new government. Believing their rights have been violated, they decide to challenge the new government by capturing a minivan full of passengers and demanding a million dollars ransom as compensation for the injustice inflicted on them. Events take a different course when one of the hostages, a young woman, Anastasia, defends the brothers’ actions and changes sides. (18 years and over)
Admission: General Public $9, Seniors and Children $6
Ticket purchase is directly from the National Film Board Mediatheque.
Seating is limited.
Location: NFB Mediatheque
150 John Street (at Richmond Street West)
Toronto (Osgoode subway station), M5V 3C3
Tel: 416 973 2187
Presented with the support of the Embassy of Estonia, the Embassy of Latvia, the Embassy of Lithuania and the Integration Ministry of Latvia (IUMSILS).
THE 7th BALTIC FILM FESTIVAL is pleased to present