Tallinn Black Nights: Female Power Fuels Estonia’s Amrion Shingle

Leading Estonian production company Amrion, founded in 2003 by Riina Sildos, a former a film critic and managing director of the Estonian Film Foundation, is playing a big part during the Tallinn Black Nights Festival’s industry-focused the Baltic Event, with several projects on display.

In the co-production market is “Erik Stoneheart,” a fantasy drama for children directed and written by Ilmar Raag. The project is seeking co-producers and a sales agent. One of Estonia’s notable auteurs, Raag (“I Won’t Come Back,” “Kertu” and “An Estonian in Paris”) has worked with Amrion since his breakthrough school bullying drama “The Class” (2007).

Amrion is behind two of the 14 projects presented at the Baltic Event Works in Progress. Drama “Seneca’s Day,” the first co-production between all three Baltic countries — Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia — is helmed by Lithuanian Kristijonas Vildziunas (“You am I,” Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2006) and will be released in the fall.

Also a co-production between the three Baltic countries and currently in post is Amrion’s mystery thriller “Pretenders,” a first feature from Vallo Toomla, who was assistant director on Marti Helde’s acclaimed “In the Crosswind” (2014).

Amrion’s main aim is to make international co-productions with promising young talent and established directors.

“The most important thing is touching stories that make a difference, told in a bold and original way,” Sildos says. “I have always aimed to find new talent, nurture it and promote new ideas and ways of storytelling. But it has to be done in an honest, sincere and touching way.”

As the company expanded in recent years, Sildos brought additional producers onboard, including Evelin Soosaar-Penttila and line producer Anneli Lepp. The female-powered company also includes production coordinator Kadri Pahla, production assistant Liisa Nurmela and CFO Margit Vremmert.

Also on the development slate is the historical drama/coming-of-ager “Little Comrade,” the feature debut of Moonika Siimets.

 

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