- Sept. 24, 2012, 13:30, ‘Equator’ hotel
Estonia is not an acclaimed film sanctuary, but Estonian animation films are highly praised all over the globe.The film focuses on PriitPärn, an animator of international renown, whose works are utterly grotesque, absurd and funny. Additionally, they are critical about the society, piercing the deepest levels of human consciousness. A closer examination of Pärn and other Estonian animators revealed that Estonia was not sung or fought to freedom—it was liberated via animation.
HardiVolmer was born in 1957 in Pärnu, Estonia. After graduating from the State Art Institute he started to work in the film studio “Tallinnfilm” as a puppet film director and production designer. Since 1980, he has been singing in the glamrockpunk band “Singer Vinger” that he founded. He has directed and designed ten 3D animated films, one short and two full-length feature films, a documentary, two TV-serials, and a couple of TV shows. He has made over 70 sets for theatrical productions and directed two plays, as well as designed books and theater posters.HardiVolmer won about 20 prizes from international film festivals (Minsk, Kiev, Shanghai, Alexandria, Seoul, etc.), and received two Estonian awards for his theater design. In 1997, he was named the best feature film director in Estonia, and in 1999, he received the SinebrychoffOYEesti culture prize.