I Janno Põldma retrospektiiv 2016 I

  • 0h 46 min
  • Animation

Janno Põldma (born 1950) is a storyteller with a sense for literature and theatre, who after long animation experience (firstly as an assistant cameraman for animated films in 1973) has become adept in speaking in images. Writing children's books, plays and film scripts at the same time, has not swayed him from occasionally detaching himself from the word as a means of expression, and fine tune himself to pictorial thinking.

Põldma reached his debut (puppet film "Brothers and Sisters", 1991) after he had been the director of photography for about 20 animated films from other authors (among them most of the early films of Priit Pärn and for it's time the more complex "Tõll the Great" and "Hell" of Rein Raamat). It is possible that this environment that actively challenged pictoral meanings pushed him to express himself similarly. Visual information on the other hand is so abundant that the pictoral story teller has to compress or model it. The emerging models have a strong personal encoding. Their background can reach an internal monologue, which supposedly also has a pictoral-sensory (Eisenstein, Mikita) nature.


Estonia 1991, 10’

Prod: Kalev Tamm, Nukufilm

The puppet film "Brothers and Sisters" grotesquely depicts the life of primitive people as an absurd life lesson: characters who are unable to evolve interact, age and die in a classroom. The only one not to age is a boy observing the lesson from a neighboring room.


Estonia 1994, 10’

Prod: Kalev Tamm, Tallinnfilm

The drawn animation that recounts the tale of little Leo, whose birthday is on Christmas Eve, and the dramatic events taking place on that day (uninvited guests, Santa rushing to help out etc.). The film is intended for both children and adults. "Birthday" is an instructive animation, as the children's drawings used as a layout technique should make people see the often reckless and violent world of adults in a different way from that which they are accustomed to.


Estonia 1999, 15’

Prod: Kalev Tamm, Linda Sade

The animation uses the relationships of people and other living beings to show that life can sometimes be more diverse and surprising than it initially seems. The individual has the right to choose their own path in a complex world.


Estonia 2002, 12’

Prod: Kalev Tamm, Eesti Joonisfilm

A cat orchestra performs "Concert for a Carrot Pie." Grandmother decides to bake a carrot cake and sends Grandfather and the Grandson to the field to fetch a carrot. While trying to wash the naughty bluebottle flies, grandmother finds herself in a shaky crate in the middle of a lake. Grandfather and Grandson set out to look for her. With the help from Blind Rabbit they reach the lake. A fish swimming in the lake announces with importance: “all's well that ends well.”

Director: Janno Põldma