EU Film Days is a unique film festival that brings the best of European cinema to audiences in Japan. The selected films, many of which are being shown for the first time in Japan, have been chosen in order to exhibit the wide reange of film-making talent in the European Union as well as to showcase the EU’s cultural diversity and vibrancy.
Estonia will be represented by Moonika Siimetsa’s movie The Little Comrade, which will be screened in Tokyo on 13 and 22 June, as well as in Kyoto on 20 June.
The movie is in Estonian with Japanese and English subtitles.
It is 1950 in the Soviet Estonia and the Stalinist terror machine works at full steam – 6-year-old Leelo’s school principal mother is arrested before her very eyes. “If you’re a good kid, I’ll be back soon,” are her mother’s last words as she is taken away at gunpoint. So Leelo is on her very best behaviour, but yet her mother does not return. A fear creeps into the child’s soul that it is her fault her mother was taken. The confusion only grows as “good” and “bad” no longer seem to hold any meaning in these troubled times. Why is the Estonian flag suddenly forbidden? Who is the people’s enemy and why is the scary NKVD lurking around their home? Is it an honour or a shame to be a pioneer? In this odd two-faced world, Leelo tries her best to be good, but is instead embroiled in one scrape after another and becomes ever more confused as to what it even means to be a good kid.
Schedule: EU Film Days