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EUFF: Estonia | Rodeo

  • Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5 Canada (map)

Kiur Aarma, Raimo Joerand, 2018 | 75mins

Directors Kiur Aarma and Raimo Joerand construct an absorbing portrait of one of the most unusual periods in Estonian history in Rodeo, a documentary which deals with the rapid ascent to high political office of 32-year old Mart Laar, the youngest prime minister in European history. In 1992, Estonia held its first free election since World War II, and elected the inexperienced Laar, who was tasked with providing order to the country, which was at that time in complete chaos. Closely chronicling the innumerable ups and downs of Laar’s time in public office, the film deals with the storied relationship between Estonia and the Soviet Union, both prior to and during Laar’s stint as Prime Minister of Estonia. Rodeo is full of twists and turns that seem unbelievable at times, but this engaging film is a testament to the adage that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction.

Presented with English subtitles.

Les réalisateurs Kiur Aarma et Raimo Joerand ont bâti un portrait absorbant de l’une des périodes les plus étranges de l’histoire de l’Estonie dans RODEO, un documentaire qui porte sur l’ascension rapide, au haut bureau politique, de Mart Laar, âgé de 32 ans, devenu le plus jeune premier ministre de l’histoire de l’Europe. En 1992, l’Estonie a tenu sa première élection libre depuis la deuxième guerre mondiale, et a élu Laar, un jeune inexpérimenté, qui reçut la tâche d’apporter de l’ordre au pays, qui était en chaos complet. Relatant de près les innombrables hauts et bas de Laar en tant que titulaire de charge publique, le film raconte l’histoire de la relation entre l’Estonie et l’Union soviétique, à la fois avant et pendant le temps de Laar comme premier ministre de l’Estonie.

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