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Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF 0

Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF
Tartu, Estonia
August 4 – 9, 2014

“The Tartu Love Film Festival started as an initiative by the City of Tartu, which had asked us to create a special film festival for Tartu,” remembers Tiina Lokk, Director of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. “At the same time, I had been dreaming for a long time about making an open-air festival. Firstly, I wanted to do it in Tallinn, but as Tallinn wasn't interested and Tartu was, we created the festival in Tartu. The festival discovers the different faces of “love”, meaning that love can even be found just one step away from “hate” and “intolerance”. We have been constantly thinking throughout this period, and still believe that our society needs to be more tolerant of everything: of nature, of our neighbors, of people with special needs and so on.”

Bethlehem, 2013. Israeli drama film directed by Yuval Adler was interested in the film selection process and Tiina reminded us that this is a summer festival, so it can't be very dark in terms of content: “We are trying to speak about topical problems, and at the same time, we want to give people positive emotions. In contrast to, for example, PÖFF, it is easy to select movies for TARTUFF – in this case, we have a freedom in terms of the release dates of the films. PÖFF is a festival for new movies. For TARTUFF, we can pick what we like and it doesn't matter when the film was made.”

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000. Martial arts film film directed by Ang Lee

Tiina describes the democratic ambiance of the festival as being very friendly – the square is full of people, yet all of these couple of thousand people are watching the movie in silence.... It's a great thing to experience. Even if the weather is bad, people come anyway, just to watch the movies. It is a place where you can really feel how much people love the cinema!

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1964. French musical film directed by Jacques Demy

Take a look at the festival program here: