Mark Soosaar

MY CURRICULUM VITAE.
Name: Mark Soosaar
Born: January 12, 1946, in Estonia
Education: Moscow Film Institute
Diploma: Cinematographer, 1972
E-mail address: marksoosaar [ät] hotmail.com
Employed:

Mark Soosaar

Estonian Television, 1970 - 78 as a film director
Tallinnfilm Studios, 1978 - 91 as a film director
Museum of New Art, 1995 - since today as the curator
Parliament of Estonia, 2003 – 2011, 2015-2016, as the MP
Pärnu Film Festival, 1987 - since today as the director
International activities:
1987 – since today, the head for the International Documentary Film Festival in Pärnu, Estonia
2000 - 2002 the audiovisual instructor and media expert for UNESCO.
Teaching film making:
in the University of Berkley in 1989,
in the University of Montana in 1991,
in the Cultural University of Ulaanbaatar in 2000, 2001,2002,
in the Baltic Film and Media School, 2009 – 2011,
More then 50 documentary films and TV-programs on ethnography, folklore, arts.
One feature film (Christmas in Vigala) on national uprising in Estonia in 1905.
Photo book Born to an Island on traditional life on Estonian islands.
8 films by him are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
3 times his films were shown in the official program of the Berlin Film Festival (1988, 1994, 1998)
6 books edited on Kihnu culture.
His major documentaries include:

Mark Soosaar

WOMAN FROM KIHNU 1973 International premiere in the Cinematheque Francaise, November 1975,Grand Prize of Nuoro Film Festival, Italy, 1990.
LA CONCUPISCENCE 1977
CHRISTMAS IN VIGALA 1980
MAN FROM KIHNU 1985 Silver Dowe of Leipzig Film Festival, 1987.
MISS SAAREMAA 1989 aired on ARTE in 1990.
STATE ELDER 1991 Premiere in the MoMA, New York, 1991.
GRANDMA OF BOATS 1993 Bilan of Ethnographique, Paris.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 1995 Premiere in the UNITED NATIONS HQ's, NYC, in October 1995.
FATHER, SON AND HOLY TORUM 1997 PRIX NANOOK of the Bilan Ethnographique, Paris, 1997,
Golden Gate Award of San Francisco Film Festival, 1998
PAVAROTTI IN ESTONIA 1998 Moscow Film Festival 2005
TO COME TO PASS ON 1999
SANTA CLAUS FROM SWEDEN 1999
NIKOLAI STREET IN PÄRNU 2001 Cracow Film Festival 2004
LA PALOMA 2001
ANU RAUD: PATTERNS OF AN ARTIST'S LIFE 2002 Grand Prize of Bergamo Art Film Festival, 2003
HOME FOR BUTTERFLIES 2004 Docpoints, Helsinki 2006
FOOLING DUTCHMAN 2005 A documentary essay on Dutch painter Peter Diem.
A VOICE BETWEEN SKY AND EARTH 2006 A documentary about famous Estonian singer Siiri Sisask.
 
VOLUNTEERS 2007 2007 A doc on Danish, Swedish, Finnish and Estonian volunteers in the Estonian Independence War in 1919.
RASMUS, CORMONAUTS AND... 2012 Rasmus (8) lives in Kihnu and worries about destroyed balance between man and nature.