“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!
On August 12th our crew completed the 5 days intensive shoot of the short film “CERBERUS” by young ambitious director Kaspar Ainelo. This is a thriller story of a well-sped countryman Meelis (Indrek Sammul) and his favorite dog Ringo committing mysterious crime in the village.
Nicola Piovesan’s new retro-futuristic film “ROBOT WILL PROTECT YOU” was completed in late December 2018. The short animation film continues Nicola’s interest to the retro-futuristic cyber universe (“Attack of the Cyber Octopuses”).
“ROBOT…” has started successfully it’s festival round at cross-media festival Fabrique du Cinema/Roma winning the Best International Short Award.
On September 6th the crew completed the summer shoot in locations of Kohtla-Järve, Tallinn and around the city. The symbolic is that the crew spent the last shooting day in famous Tallinn Seewald - the historical madhouse.
Happily nobody didn’t turn mad after very demanding shooting period, instead we all celebrated the end of the important period in local „Derevjashka“ tavern’s funny interior of the 90-ties merrily until 3 o’clock in the morning.
On 4th of July Exitfilm OÜ and AB Bufo OY started the shoot of the "Goodbye Soviet Union” in Stalinistic surroundings of the Sillamäe - a previous military town, where uranium was mined.
The crew was well prepared and succeeded nicely despite of the not very friendly weather. Actors were in good mood and enjoyed the majestic exteriors. Around 100 enthusiastic local extras helped to create a real 1980/90-ies atmosphere.
The production is planned as follows - the shoot and the shooting crew from Estonia, shooting equipment and postproduction from Finland.
European Co-Production initiative Eurimages considers Lauri Randla’s "Goodbye Soviet Union” fitting successfully to the conditions of the initiative, sees it’s perspective for the international market and supports the production of the film with 99 587 €.
The competition was intense, „Goodbye Soviet Union” was one of the 20 winning projects from the 68 appliers.
Exitfilm has signed the Agreement with Finnish company OY BUFO AB to co-produce and distribute the production. Companies have been successful applying the production support from local financiers Estonian Film Institute and Finnish Film Foundation. Also Public broadcasters ERR and YLE are participating in the project.
The casting involves well-known Estonian and Finnish actors – Ülle Kaljuste, Tõnu Oja, Nika Savolainen, Pääru Oja, Jekaterina Novosjolova. The main children characters are Finnish schoolboy Niklas Kousmitchev and Estonian schoolgirl Elina Baratashvili.