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Welcome to the online screenings of Pärnu Film Festival! 

Here you can watch three films nominated for the Grand Prize and three films competing in the category of “Between Life and Death”.
To watch the films, please click on the link next to WATCH THE FILM and enter your email (collected only for the purpose of viewing statistics). 
You will then get the access to the film and can choose either English or Estonian subtitles from the subtitle icon. 
Films are visible only in Estonia until the midnight of October 25th. 

 

NOMINEES FOR THE GRAND PRIZE

 

AVATARA
Directed by Nadav Harel
Israel (filmed in India), 2020, 25 min. 
Set in the cultural frontier zone of the Hindu Himalaya, “Avatara” (from Sanskrit, “descent”) explores the lived religion of goddess worship in a remote pastoral valley. For her followers, the goddess’s presence is all too real – quick to anger and ever-thirsty for sacrifices, she haunts them in their dreams and rituals, demanding complete submission. For those who are lucky enough to see her, the sight offers a short lived salvation.

 

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LANGUAGE: Hindi, Pahadi
SUBTITLES: English/Estonian

 

THEN COMES THE EVENING
Directed by Maja Novaković
The documentary depicts the bittersweet life of two grannies living isolated on the hills of Eastern Bosnia. Nature is the entity with which grannies speak, listen to and respect. The film reflects the simplicity and purity of their way of life, as well as their painstaking work. Poetic tone of the frames draws inspiration from the simple and harsh beauty of realism paintings.

 

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https://video.zezz.ee/then-comes-the-evening/

LANGUAGE: Serbian
SUBTITLES: English/Estonian

 

ANIMAL IMAGE
Directed by Perttu Saksa
Finland (filmed in Finland) 2019, 30 min. 
The unconventional nature documentary is about the relationship between man and animal.  As we follow the nature photographer and writer Heikki Willamo’s journey to the post ice-age northern wilderness, an imaginative & evocative view of man’s ancient relationship to its prey unfolds. Equal contributors to the story are the music by Finnish jazz musicians Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio, cinematography of Perttu Saksa and the text by Heikki Willamo, Finland’s most authoritative nature author.

 

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LANGUAGE: English, Estonian

 

SHORT DOCS: BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH

 

MUD ROAD
Directed by Francesco De Giorgi
Ethiopia & Italy (filmed in Ethiopia), 2019, 11 min. 
In South Ethiopia, an ambulance’s driver has to bring a young lady to the hospital for delivery, but the nearest medical center is 300 km away from the village. It’s a long journey along a road full of mud, and all the weight of the world lies on the shoulders of the driver. 

 

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LANGUAGE: Amharic
SUBTITLES: English/Estonian 

 

PRIPYAT PIANO
Directed by Eliška Cílková
Czech Republic (filmed in Ukraine), 2019, 18 min.
 
Due to high radiation levels in the former city of Pripyat, abandoned pianos became the only inhabitants who can maintain their sounds even if the surrounding walls collapse. Also, a piano is too heavy to steal, so noon can take it away from the city. The Chernobyl tragedy heavily settled in local people’s minds, who were forced to leave their homes. To be able to overcome it – they produced their own songs, poems and lyrics, dealing with the case.

 

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LANGUAGE: Ukrainian
SUBTITLES: English/Estonian 

 

THE TOUGH
Directed by Marcin Polar
Poland (filmed in Poland), 2019, 14 min. 
The Tough carries a lot of meanings: defiant, hard, resistant, strong, resilient… The film’s protagonist Jarosław Surmacz chose this name for his discovery –  Harda (The Tough) Cave in the Tatra Mountains in Poland. The place stirs his imagination while abruptly and obsessively pushing him forward. The camera follows him, step by step, taking part in the exploration of spaces never seen before, which increasingly resist the delicate human matter. 

 

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LANGUAGE: English
SUBTITLES: Estonian