Animated film

BLACK CEILING

Original title MUST LAGI
English title BLACK CEILING

© 2007 Eesti Joonisfilm
18’36” / 35mm / 1,85:1 / 1 reel / 515,0m / Beta SP 16:9 / HD Cam / colour/ Dolby Surround

Estonia’s first animated selection of poetry.  Seven short films full of feeling illustrating works by Estonian poets.

AUTUMN ELEGY 2’14″

Author of the Poem Heiti Talvik
Script Author Janno Põldma
Director Janno Põldma
Art Director Janno Põldma
Colour Design Heiki Ernits
Poem read by Margus Tabor
Karmen Tabor
Sound Design Horret Kuus
Producer Kalev Tamm

Poet Heiti Talvik reads his freshly completed poem Autumn Elegy out loud to his wife Betty Alver. This is animated fiction.

THE VERY LAST CIGARETTE 1’46″

Author of the Poem Asko Künnap
Script Author Kaspar Jancis
Asko Künnap
Director Kaspar Jancis
Background and Character Artist Asko Künnap
Composer Kaspar Jancis
Poem read by Asko Künnap
Julia Maria Pihlak
Kaspar Jancis
Sound Design Tiina Andreas
Editor Kaspar Jancis
Producer Kalev Tamm

There is a Man in a squalid basement flat and a Woman in a fancy resort hotel in the Alps.  They share a shattered relationship.  The Man is in the homestretch of his degeneration. The Woman in on the last rung of the ladder to the top.  Both are embittered.  Today they both smoke their last cigarettes, the Man prior to his planned suicide, and the Woman planning to quit smoking. Deus ex Machina intervenes.  The Man’s expected suicide fails due to his inner uncertainty.  The Woman self-confidently races down the mountain into an unexpected gorge.

LIGHTS IN THE NIGHT 2’06″

Author of the Poem Arvi Siig
Script Author Heiki Ernits
Director Heiki Ernits
Art Director Heiki Ernits
Music and Performance Sven Grünberg
Poem read by Lembit Ulfsak
Editor Janno Põldma
Producer Kalev Tamm

A poem with a melancholy undertone about solitude and longing.  We see a row of windows of an apartment building.  Individual windows at first – some windows are dark, some are open and people bustle about, living, being born, dying, splitting up, rejoicing, being sad.  We briefly see around twenty tiny incidents in the lives of various people – as much as can be seen through an open window or an opening in the curtains.  This is perhaps only a completely insignificant and random moment, but nevertheless, if we imagine further, we can guess what might subsequently happen.  We see in our mind’s eye how people’s fate starts to branch out further, and all that could still happen.  We cannot participate in this even though we would like to.  Finally, moving away from the windows, all that remains of these windows and the lives behind them are but little light points in the black night sky – and stars are naturally distant and inaccessible.  They are incomprehensibly mysterious, just like perhaps the ordinary person living in the flat next door.

TABLEMAT OF BALTIC SEA 2’14″

Author of the Poem Aleksander Suumann
Script Author Ülo Pikkov
Director Ülo Pikkov
Art Director Ülo Pikkov
Composer Mirjam Tally
Sound Design Horret Kuus
Producer Kalev Tamm

The nature of longing is observed allegorically in the film Tablemat of Baltic Sea.  People’s longings as a rule remain hidden between their pillows, but what should the feathers in the pillow do with their longings?
In this film, two feathers perform a figure skating routine and draw Aleksander Suumann’s poem Tablemat of Baltic Sea on the ice.

A VEGETATED DIRECTOR 2’30″

Author of the Poem Andres Ehin
Script Author Priit Tender
Director Priit Tender
Art Director Priit Tender
Composer Brian Melvin
Poem read by Andres Ehin
Sound Design Sten Saluveer
Horret Kuus
Producer Kalev Tamm

One day, the General Manager discovers that he has become a plant.
This does not prevent him from flying to Brussels the following morning.

I FEEL A LIFELONG BULLET IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD 2’20″

Author of the Poem Jüri Üdi
Script Author Priit Pärn
Directors Priit Pärn
Olga Pärn
Art Directors Priit Pärn
Olga Pärn
Poem read by Marko Matvere
Ksenja Agarkova
Sound Design Tiina Andreas
Producer Kalev Tamm

A bullet in the back of the head loses its freshness with time. The person feeling the bullet loses the sharpness of the feeling.  Even while sleeping. The person is ecstatic.

MY OWN AND OTHERS’ POETRY 3’30″

Author of the Poem Ilmar Laaban
Script Author Mati Kütt
Director Mati Kütt
Art Director Mati Kütt
Helilooja Mirjam Tally
Vocal Poetry Sounds Peeter Volkonski
Star Siret Rüüberg
Live Action Cameraman and filming of original material Urmas Jõemees
Sound Design Tiina Andreas
Ants Andreas
Producers Kalev Tamm
Riina Sildos

Ilmar Laaban’s poetry written in the Cosmos scatters like filings, builds up in our senses and spreads out in our bodies as stellar substance.

Film production supported by
ESTONIAN FILM FOUNDATION
ESTONIAN CULTURAL ENDOWMENT

Available on DVD