Erkki-Sven Tüür on Film and Video

Last Update: August 8, 2003
Information on the use of Erkki-Sven Tüür's compositions/scores for film soundtracks is hard to come by. Only two films (Ideaalmaastik and Sada aasta pärast mais) are currently (November, 2002) listed at the Internet Movie Data Base.  The only printed sources found to date are the Erkki-Sven Tüür entry by Monika Topman in the Eesti Muusika Biograafiline Leksikon (EMBL) (Estonian Music Biographical Lexicon) (Valgus Publishers, Tallinn, 1990, ISBN 5-89900-008-2) where a brief listing of films is available and the book Estonian Film 1991-99 (F-Seitse OÜ Publishers, Tallinn, 2000, ISBN 9985-60-886-0) where only the films from the 1990's are documented. Once further information is known, it would be possible to make additions to the Internet Movie Data Base at www.imdb.com. The links below go to the IMDB specific pages for Ideaalmaastik and Sada aasta pärast mais and the other feature, short feature and documentary films are currently linked to the IMDB opening page only. The animation films are linked to their own pages at the Estonian Animation Film Studio site www.nukufilm.ee where applicable. Further information is also available at the Estonian Film Studio site www.tallinnfilm.ee. My thanks to Chris Robinson and Doug Maskew for assistance and suggestions here. If you have any other useful information, contributions or comments that you would like to make, please contact me via e-mail at: alan.teder@sympatico.ca
Feature Length Films
Title: Ainus Pühapäev
Year of release: 1990
Director: Sulev Keedus
Alternative Titles/Translations: The Only Sunday (English translation).
Length/Running Time: unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: 35mm, colour.
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Ideaalmaastik
Year of release: 1980
Director: Peeter Simm
Alternative Titles/Translations: Chto poseyesh (Russian transliterated title); Ideal Landscape (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 91 minutes
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian
Format: 35mm, colour
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür and Jaan Nõgistro: Unknown, but from the date can be assumed to be rock music.
Title: Rahu tänav
Year of release: 1991 (Date and location of premiere: December 12, 1991 at the Sakala Centre, Tallinn, Estonia)
Director: Roman Baskin
Alternative Titles/Translations: The Peace Street (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 98 minutes
Country of Origin: Estonia
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: mono, 35mm, black and white.
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Rist
Year of release: 1990? (The book Estonian Film 1991-99 (published in 2000) lists this film as "not yet released")
Director: Lauri Aaspõllu
Alternative Titles/Translations: The Cross (English translation). Lead Piping (based on the brief description given in the book Estonian Film 1991-99, this film is based on the short story Lead Piping by Jaan Kross which appeared in the Estonian collection Silmade avamise päev (Kupar, Tallinn 1988) and in English translation by Eric Dickens in the collection The Conspiracy & Other Stories (Harvill Press, London 1995 ISBN 1 86046 005 4 (hardback) ISBN 1 86046 006 2 (paperback)) 
Length/Running Time: 30 minutes
Country of Origin: Estonia
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: mono sound, 35mm, colour.
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Saja aasta pärast mais
Year of release: 1986 (IMDB information is 1987)
Director: Kalju Kiisk
Alternative Titles/Translations: Cherez sto let v maye (Russian transliterated title); A hundred years from now, in May (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 98 minutes
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed based on the title)
Format: 35mm, colour
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Teenijanna
Year of release: 1990
Director: V. Jürisson
Alternative Titles/Translations: The Maid Servant (English translation).
Length/Running Time: unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: 35mm, colour.
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Vernanda
Year of release: 1988
Director: Roman Baskin
Alternative Titles/Translations: N/A
Length/Running Time: unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia (during the Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: 35mm, colour.
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Documentaries
Title: Aken aja liikumisse. Viivi Luik [NEW ENTRY AUGUST 2003]
Year of release: 1991 (Date and location of premiere: July 24, 1991 on Estonian Television)
Director: Vallo Kepp
Alternative Titles/Translations: A Window Into The Flow Of Time. Viivi Luik (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 59 min.
Country of Origin: Estonia
Language: Estonian
Format: 35mm, colour
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Elulõim
Year of release: 1986
Director: Unknown
Alternative Titles/Translations: Life begins (English translation).
Length/Running Time: Unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Colour: Unknown
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Heerosed
Year of release: 1984
Director: Unknown
Alternative Titles/Translations: Heroes (English translation).
Length/Running Time: Unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Colour: Unknown
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Mälestus sinistes kildudes - Bernard Kangro [NEW ENTRY AUGUST 2003]
Year of release: 1993 (Date and location of premiere: May 19, 1993 at the Tallinn Cinemahouse)
Director: Vallo Kepp
Alternative Titles/Translations: Memories in Blue Shards - Bernard Kangro (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 61 min.
Country of Origin: Estonia
Language: Estonian
Format: 16mm, colour
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Mälu
Year of release: 1984
Director: Andres Sööt
Alternative Titles/Translations: Memory (English translation).
Production Company: Tallinnfilm
Length/Running Time: Unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Colour: Unknown
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Information Source: Article "Mäletades Mälu" (Remembering Memory) by Tarmo Teder in Sirp weekly paper and online edition.
Title: Need tüütud herilased
Year of release: 1987
Director: Unknown
Alternative Titles/Translations: Those pesky wasps (English translation).
Length/Running Time: Unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Colour: Unknown
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Olümpiaportreed
Year of release: 1984
Director: Unknown
Alternative Titles/Translations: Olympic Portraits (English translation).
Length/Running Time: Unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Colour: Unknown
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Puppet Films
Title: Õunkimmel
Year of release: 1981
Director: Elbert Tuganov
Alternative Titles/Translations: The light brown roan (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 11 minutes, 1 reel, 342.5 metres.
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: mono, colour.
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Magus planeet
Year of release: 1987 (Date & location of premiere: 07.09.1987 in Tallinn, Estonia)
Director: Aarne Ahi
Alternative Titles/Translations: A sweet planet (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 8 minutes, 1 reel, 229.8 metres.
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: 35mm, colour
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Animation Films
Title: Humachinoid
Year of release: 1995 (Date and location of premiere: September 15, 1995 at an open-air showing at 13 Rävala Road, Tallinn, Estonia)
Director: Kalju Kivi
Alternative Titles/Translations: n/a.
Length/Running Time: 7 minutes, 1 reel, 164.0 metres.
Country of Origin: Estonia
Language: Estonian (assumed from the source)
Format: Cut-out animation, mono sound, 35mm, colour,
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Härg
Year of release: 1984
Director: R. Raidme and A. Ruusmaa
Alternative Titles/Translations: The ox (English translation).
Length/Running Time: Unknown
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: drawn animation, 35mm, colour
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Klaasikillumäng
Year of release: 1985
Director: Kalju Kivi
Alternative Titles/Translations: The glass splinter game (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 1 reel, 264.2 m.
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: Cut-out animation, mono, 35mm, colour,
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Miks puud ei kõnele
Year of release: 1988
Director: Kalju Kivi & Toomas Massov
Alternative Titles/Translations: Why the trees do not speak (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 14 minutes, 2 reels, 414.0 metres.
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: pixillation animation, mono, 35mm, black & white (according to Nukufilm, colour according to Tallinnfilm).
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
Title: Tõus
Year of release: 1989 (Date of premiere 10.07.1989)
Director: Kalju Kivi
Alternative Titles/Translations: Ascension (English translation).
Length/Running Time: 9 minutes, 1 reel, 286.0 metres.
Country of Origin: Estonia (during Soviet Union)
Language: Estonian (assumed from the title)
Format: Cut-out animation, mono, 35mm, colour.
Music by Erkki-Sven Tüür: Unknown.
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