Sunday, November 5th
Tartu College – 310 Bloor St West
TAIS is thrilled to be co-presenting this retrospective event with EstDocs – Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet the world renown and award-winning animator Ülo Pikkov.
Pikkov will present a talk about the art of animated documentary and will screen three of his short films, Body Memory (Keha mälu), Tick Tock (Tik Tak), and Empty Space (Tühi Ruum).
Ülo Pikkov is an internationally renowned filmmaker, producer and film scholar. He studied animation at Turku Arts Academy in Finland and directed several award-winning animation films (Empty Space, Tik-Tak, Body Memory, The End, Dialogos). Pikkov is also the author of “Animasophy, Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film” (2011). He graduated from Law at the University of Tartu, focusing on media and author’s rights. He is completing his doctorate at the Estonian Academy of Arts and producing animation and documentary films at Silmviburlane.
Body Memory (Keha mälu)
2011, RT 10:00, Estonia
The Watchmaker controls time, but the mouse living in the Watchmaker’s workshop controls the clocks. Thoughts about time and its ephemeral nature.
In 1944, Leonhard Lina (1914–1994), a former officer of Estonian Defence Forces, went into hiding to avoid capture and imprisonment. Trapped in a small hollow in the double ceiling of a potato storage and longing for home, he built a miniature replica of it. He crafted 217 tiny pieces of furniture and household items. The doll furniture was meant as a present for his daughter, Merike, whom he’d last seen a few months after her birth. Leonhard made for her a perfect copy of their former apartment with available materials. After ten years of being underground, Leonhard received a message that he was not being accused of anything. Merike was 10 years old when she finally got her present.
EstDocs is a not-for-profit Estonian Documentary film festival and competition held in Toronto that presents the unheard stories from the Baltic nation of Estonia.