With help of our sales agent OneEyed Films we succeeded to complete negotiations with HBO Europe to start screening the film on HBO Europe platform from 1.01.2022
Meantime when the films are again on the festival round, „Goodbye Soviet Union“ directed and written by Lauri Randla won the Best Originaal screenplay Award at the EFTA (Estonian Film and TV Awards).
All together „Goodbye Soviet Union“ was nominated in 4 categories: Best film, Best screenplay (Lauri Randla), Best Production Design (Jaana Jüris), Best Costume Design (Mare Raidma).
A short film „Cerberus“ by Kaspar Ainelo was nominated for Best Short Film.
Goodbye Soviet Union had Norwegian premier in Tomsö IFF in Janyary 2021.
Now the film is premiered in US - Cleveland IFF - Central & Eastern European Film Competition.
Next will be Russian premiere - Moscow IFF 24-29. April – Out of Competition
A new documentary of the prominent Estonian filmmaker Kersti Uibo was supported for development by Estonian Film Institute and Estonian Cultural Endowment.
Kersti Uibo: The film shows how closely Nature and choral singing are connected. A human being needs for balance besides healthy environment also beauty and harmony. The Children's and Youth Song Festival of 2023 provides such a structure. Song is a way of breathing that unites the disparate voices of a choir. Not only with one another but also with the music of the whispering pines.
Exitfilm signed licence agreement with active Russian sales and distribution company All Media Company LLC for Russia and CIS territories.
Starting March 15th Goodbye Soviet Union is available on the Estonian biggest TELIA VOD platform.
Exitfilm signed the International Representation and Distribution Agreement with British company One Eyed Films.
Goodbye Soviet Union is relased on Estonian GO-3 VOD platform and the DVD of the
„Goodbye Soviet Union“ got the Audience Award „Hunt“ at the Tallinn Black Nights IFF .
Film Critic from Russian Esquire journal Yegor Moskvitin mentioned Goodbye Soviet Union as one of ten best European films at the festival:
“Goodbye Soviet Union” domestic theatrical release in all main theatres all over Estonia starts after BNFF festival screenings at 27.11.2020.
Kaspar Ainelo’s short mystical thriller of the countryman and his escaped dog, is completed and waiting for release in early 2021.
We are happy to announce of Lauri Randla’s nostalgic comedy being selected in the Black Nights Film Festival First Features competition among 18 new films of the other young filmmakers. Festival director Tiina Lokk says: once the film industry gets on its feet again, these are the filmmakers who will carry on the torch.
Lauri Randla’s „Goodbye Soviet Union“ is released in Finnish cinemas and is turning to be the most successful Estonian production in Finland for ever – collecting over 20 000 visitors.
The development of the “BANDIERA ROSSA” a new documentary project by Nicola Piovesan was awarded with 15 000 € in Trieste Italian-Baltic Co-production Forum late January.
“Bandiera Rossa” will be co-produced by Italian company Sayonara Film/Adam Selo, Olga Torrico and Exitfilm.
Postproduction of the documentary by tragically dearly departed producer Eero Talvistu (+ 9.04.2019) was completed with help of the three production companies – Taiga Film, Kinoport Film and Exitfilm.
Last stages of the post-production of the Goodbye Soviet Union completed:
-Sound mix prepared by sound designer Karri Niinivaara/B-Plan and mixed by Olli Pärnänen, Pekka Karjalainen / Meguru Film Sound was completed late January in Helsinki.
-Colour grading lead by cinematographer Elen Lotman and graded by Jussi Myllyniemi / WhitePoint was completed early February in Helsinki.
Since now Nicola Piovesan’s retro-futuristic short animation “ROBOT WILL PROTECT YOU” has been participating in about 70 festivals all over the world and has won 18 awards. Among them:
- Miami Science Fiction Festival (US) Best Animation Short Award
- Short to the Point (Romania) Best Fantasy/SciFi Award
- Cordillera Film Festival (USA) Best Animation Award
- Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest (Germany) Nomination Best Animation
- Inventa un Film (Italy) Best Animation Award
- Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan) Nomination Youth Award
The editing of the Lauri Randla’s “GOODBYE SOVIET UNION” was successfully completed mid-November in Finland and Estonia. Thanks to Leo Liesvirta and Andres Hallik for your professional involvement!