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The New York Baltic Film Festival continues with a day of documentary screenings. In this event, the U.S. premiere of Rodeo uses period footage and interviews to show how Estonia assembled a fledgling cabinet in the 1990s amid chaos and uncertainty. Preceding the film will be a screening of the witty animated short film Manivald.






Manivald

In this sly animated short by Chintis Lundgren, Manivald is a thirty-something not-quite-anything fox who has gotten very used to living with his overbearing mother. But when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas the Wolf enters the picture, Manivald soon finds himself with a whole new set of problems to deal with. (13 min. Estonia, 2017)

About The Director:

Chintis Lundgren is an Estonian-born animator currently living in Croatia. She studied fine arts at an alternative art school in Estonia called Academia Non Grata before pursuing a career as a painter. Lundgren later taught herself animation and quickly gained attention in the animation world for her quirky music videos, PSAs, and short films featuring a light, absurdist tone and distinctive anthropomorphic characters. In 2011, Lundgren created her own animation studio, Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio, and later co-founded Adriatic Animation, an animation studio based in Croatia.



Rodeo

U.S. Premiere Screening

In this illuminating new documentary, directors Raimo Joerand and Kur Aarma follow Estonia's road to establishing a new government following Russian occupation in all of its chaos and uncertainty. Through period footage and exclusive interviews and with a humor as frantic as the often absurd situations it covers, the filmmakers follow how Estonia was able to put together a fledgling cabinet in the 1990s, with the help of infinitely more goodwill than money. As some of its closest neighbors refused to extend loans for diplomatic reasons, the government resorted to raising survival money through an unorthodox (and ironically vengeful) means. (77 min. Estonia, 2018. In Estonian and English with English subtitles)

About The Directors:

Raimo Jõerand was born in July 15, 1972 in Tallinn and is a freelance scriptwriter and film director, as well as a lecturer of several courses about documentary, film editing and scriptwriting in Estonian universities. From 2006-2012, Raimo worked at Estonian Film Institute as a Documentary and Development Consultant, and from 2013-2015 was President of Estonian Cultural Endowment Audio-Video Department.

Kiur Aarma was born on 25 June, 1975 in Tallinn, Estonia. A film producer and screenwriter, Kiur has studied semiotics and cultural theory in Tartu University and script-writing at Baltic Film and Media School master class, and worked as a host for several talk-shows from 1997 - 2007. He is one of the founders of production company RUUT, in which he has produced numerous TV programs and several documentaries.




About the New York Baltic Film Festival

the inaugural 2018 New York Baltic Film Festival comes to NYC with screenings of 18 films over a four-day period at Scandinavia House on Park Avenue from October 18 through October 21, 2018. The festival will feature 7 U.S. premiere screenings and 9 NYC premieres, and will include notable classic films that have rarely been seen outside of Europe as well as the latest features, documentaries, and animation films from some of the best established and upcoming filmmakers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. For a full schedule as well as news and other information, check the New York Baltic Film Festival Website.




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