BNFF 2018: Rodeo-Taming a Wild Country (Estonia)

Original Title: Rodeo
Directors: Kiur Aarma, Raimo Jõerand
2018, 75 minutes
Estonian with English subtitles

In 1992, Estonia saw its first free election since World War II. The young republic was in chaos. Still, a 32-year-old idealist called Mart Laar was elected into office and went on to become Europe’s youngest Prime Minister. Estonian-Finnish co-production tells of the first years of independence as the country travelled towards capitalism and out of the Soviet past. Suddenly you could get bananas and pantyhose from the store – if you had money.

Bright Lights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival

This March the CFI, in collaboration with the Baltic-Nordic embassies, presents the 8th iteration of Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. These eight contemporary films ⎯ never before seen in Ottawa ⎯ highlight the unique perspective one can only see by standing at the top of the world. The Bright Nights festival presents a collection of films that juxtapose the bleak, the dark, and the edgy with the hilarious, the eclectic, the personal, and always the intriguing. These incredible stories form a festival unlike any other, and an opportunity that comes only once a year.