The Estonian language is a very cool sounding mix, with Russian & Scandanavian influence.The words are phrased in an interesting & weird way, without sounding totally alien like Finnish. Most people I spoke with in Tallinn were fluent in English. Having come from Helsinki where it tasted like cardboard, and over priced.More so than Prague, Wroclaw, Kiev, and definitely more so than Helsinki. Tallinn food is affordable, and actually has flavor. Walking around dark streets alone at night felt as safe as anywhere else in the western world.The Old Town in particular is a World Heritage site.During the workshop, 19 art students from the Nordic and Baltic countries made ‘one-scene-films’ set in Tallinn.The participants focused in intensive collaboration on various layers of everyday life in Tallinn.
“Of Horses and Men” is fresh, dramatic yet in its very own way a funny picture telling stories about the fortunes of the people in the countryside through the horses’ perception.The other bars in this area have a mid 20's to early 30's demographic. The best spot is in and around the large Viru shopping mall in the middle of town. It has multiple train stops all around it, as well as a big adjacent park. The second best place is 2 blocks away, in and around the Solaris shopping mall, which is next to a university library, and a school. She was seated on a bench inside the mall, just killing time after classes. I told her I had just come to town, and that she must be some kind of undiscovered tour guide. Asked her if I could have a seat next to her, and she welcomed me to join her. I told her, "I would invite you to my apartment to listen to some nice music, but I have work early, so you wouldn't be able to stay long".Her response, "Oh my..would be wonderful " Back at the hotel (which looks like an apartment), I led her by the hand to my room, and loaded up my insta-date Spotify playlist.The young artists experimented with the February light and engaged critically with the spatial characteristics of the town.Lectures on film theory were given by Dr Eva Näripea, Director of the Film Archives of Estonian National Archives, and film-maker Dr Dirk Hoyer.