A Day Around Tallinn for Cinephiles
Fancy a bit of sightseeing in between films? But don’t want to abandon the world of cinema completely? We’ve compiled a tourist track for cinephiles like you! An added bonus is, that the route will take you through some of the nicest neighborhoods of our capital city: from Old Town to Kalamaja, to Rotermann and the seaside suburb of Pirita.
UNESCO protected Tallinn Old Town has been a popular filming location for many years. Especially during the Soviet era, films were shot here due to the unique medieval look of the place.
Nukufilm – the world’s oldest moving puppets
The Estonian ‘Puppet Film’ was founded in 1957 and is the oldest puppet animation studio in the world. As of today, Nukufilm is the biggest stop-motion animation studio in Northern Europe for its size of the studio, technical supplies and number of employees. It has produced over 200 films in 60 years. Films by Nukufilm have been awarded at many festivals and foreign film schools consider Estonian animators as highly regarded professionals, inviting them to lecture at their universities.
Walk by the studio in Tallinn Old Town at 11 Niine street and take a peek at some of the historical artifacts in the window sills.
Stalker filming locations
After bumping out of the Old Town through Niine street, take a walk through the trendy Kalamaja district all the way to the seaside. Here you will find the old power plant, now converted into a cultural hub: Kultuurikatel. This immersive, industrial space was used as a shooting location for the famous dystopian sci-fi film Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. Other locations used are situated in the now very popular Rotermann area. Read more about it in this article in Sight & Sound, and test your own luck in having your utopian wishes fulfilled…
Estonian Film Museum
Curious about the history of Estonian film? Opening its doors in October 2017, the fairly new Estonian Film Museum will have you covered. Take a walk on the red carpet through Maarjamäe Castle Park leading you backstage of Estonia’s film industry and that of the world. Extra exhibitions include the secrets of filmmaking and a magical illusion room.
A little bit further from the Film Museum, you’ll find the ruins of an old convent by the seaside. In their dramatic beauty, the ruins are a popular place for summer concerts and worth visiting on their own terms. But the Pirita Convent was also the backdrop to one of the most famous and loved Estonian films ever made: the 1969 adventure epic Viimne Reliikvia (The Last Relic), a medieval love story depicting a peasant uprising.