Friday, 27 September, 16:30–17:00 (Jakobi 2, Room 107)
Language of presentation: English
University of Warsaw, BA student
agatta.keller [ät] gmail.com
Looking Back at Priit Pärn's Works while Analysing Divers in the Rain (“Tuukrid vihmas”)
The purpose of this presentation is to examine the latest animation by Priit Pärn – codirected with Olga Pärn – Divers in the Rain (2010) in the light of his previous works, especially the Triangle (1982), Luncheon on the Grass (1987) and Hotel E (1992). Throughout analysing his oeuvres against the historical background and while incorporating the notions presented by Mari Laaniste in her papers about Priit Pärn I try to point the phenomenon of how art and personal life interweave with eah other. The rejection of his first animation in Soviet Estonia prompted him to do more politically engaged movies but the completion of his internationally acclaimed Luncheon – a caustic critique on the real socialism – became possible only in the Gorbachev era. The success of the movie opened to Pärn travelling opportunities which triggered the creation of Hotel E, a film portreying clash between East and West in the historical years preceding the collapse of USSR. Yet the movie is also about the feeling of detachment and illocality. The criticism of a political system is not limited to the communism since the capitalism is equally disapproved in his works. For it is not the issue of a particular system but rather of the general oppression exercised by the society on an individual. Finally the gender roles as presented in Divers, a piece created by a married couple, differ from the previous pictures showing distinct female characters, such as Julia in Triangle or Anna and Berta in Luncheon.
Key words: Estonia, Joonisfilm, Priit Pärn, animated movie, Goskino, communism, gender