The Elusive Miracle
The Elusive Miracle
First preview on 15 Dec 2005
Premiere on 12 Feb 2006
Duration: 3 hours with intermission
With English subtitles
Producer of the film is the Von Krahl Theatre,
and the directors are 5 young men of Estonian origin and an Estonian woman in her twenty-five ‘ s.
They have written 6 different visions of Eduard Vilde ‘ s classical drama “The Elusive Miracle” (Tabamata Ime) with the pencil of camera to the white cloth. It was caught to the cinema hook by its evergreen morality and colourful characters.
Six art messiahs by the name of Leo Saalep step in front of the audience – six Martyrs on the road to Calvary .
ARBO TAMMIKSAAR (“Macbeth”, “Magusad unelmad” Sweet Dreams)
JAAK KILMI (“Sigade revolutsioon” Revolution of Pigs, “Kohtumine tundmatuga” Encounter With The Stranger)
RAINER SARNET (“Merehaigus” Seasickness, “Pauli Laululaegas” Paul ‘ s Songbox,
in the Von Krahl Theatre “Lumi” Snow, “Ema” Mother)
ANDRES MAIMIK (“Welcome to Estonia”, “Vali kord” Choose the Order)
MARKO RAAT (“Esteetilistel põhjustel” For Aesthetical Reasons, “Agent Sinikael”,
in the Von Krahl Theatre “Ainult võltsid jäävad ellu” Only The Fake Survive)
MARIANNE KÕRVER (“Pildi sisse minek” Getting Into the Picture,
“Äraoldud päevade summa” The Sum of Absent Days)
decided to make a philosophical-visual plunge into the dark pond of the Estonian dramatic literature. The only requirement for the directors was faithfulness to the moral of the story.
The Von Krahl Theatre gorgeous women and three hatchet face apes could be seen as actors.
In addition various other life ‘ s Captains and lounge lizards.
designers Reet Aus, Jaana Jüris, Liina Keevallik, Liisi Eesmaa, Ain Nurmela
operators Mart Taniel, Ergo Kuld, Urmas Sepp, Sven Kütt
actors Mari Abel, Liina Vahtrik, Taavi Eelmaa, Juhan Ulfsak, Erki Laur
episodes Tiina Tauraite, Katrin Essenson, Tiina Mölder, Kärt Tõnisson,
Jaak Allik, Ilmar Raag, Madis Kolk, Merle Palmiste, Mait Malmsten,
Terje Pennie, Toomas Hussar etc
INTERVIEW WITH PEETER JALAKAS / INTERVIEW WITH THE ACTORS
PEETER JALAKAS, THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE VON KRAHL THEATRE, TALKS ABOUT HOW THE PRODUCTION OF THE LARGELY SELF-FINANCED SHORT FILMS BECAME POSSIBLE AND THE REASONS BEHIND THE PROJECT
1. WHERE DID THE VON KRAHL THEATRE GET THE IDEA TO START PRODUCING FILMS?
PEETER JALAKAS: The idea wasn’t to start producing films. The idea was to make one film. Initially, we had three reasons:
1) We had actors, technicians, a venue, an audience and a camera.
2) When we’re away, the theatre is empty.
3) Since we had forced several of the directors of “The Elusive Miracle” to participate in our productions, it seemed polite to offer them a chance to retaliate.
And later, more reasons and meanings and questions were added to the list.
For example – how much is it possible to cut costs when making a film?
2. HOW MUCH DOES A MINUTE OF “THE ELUSIVE MIRACLE” COST?
PEETER JALAKAS: About 2500 kroons.
3. DO YOU SEE THIS AS A BEGINNING OF A TRADITION FOR VON KRAHL OR IS IT A ONE-OFF PROJECT?
PEETER JALAKAS: Hard to say – the Von Krahl Academy was also supposed to be a one-off project, but it’s our third year now. But these are indeed side projects for us that are meant to broaden and complement our main activities, not to replace them. When people come to our cinema, they are first and foremost coming to the theatre to see a film. I don’t really think that if we were to, say, open a Von Krahl post office, the people of Tallinn would come to us to mail their tax returns. Although – since we do everything thoroughly and with love, you never know.
THE VON KRAHL ACTORS, WHO HAD TO FIT THE WHOLE FILM-MAKING PROCESS INTO THEIR ALREADY TIGHT WORKING SCHEDULES, ALSO HAVE THEIR SAY
1. TAKING PART IN SIX DIFFERENT FILMS OVER A SIX-MONTH PERIOD MUST BE RATHER EXHAUSTING WHEN YOU ALSO HAVE THEATRE REHEARSALS AND SHOWS. WHY DID THESE FILMS INTEREST YOU?
ERKI LAUR: But that’s my job! I am, in fact, interested in the Von Krahl Theatre and the jobs associated with it. When it comes to the work of the aforementioned establishment, the pleasure is always mine – and this time is no exception.
JUHAN ULFSAK: Oh yes, but exhaustion is part of our work and lifestyle, so no problem there. Of course, making the film was a nice change from the regular theatre rhythm. The same goes for using different means of expression and the chance to work with people (mostly our friends, some of whom have participated in our productions) in their own element, i.e. on set.
2. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO PLAY THE SAME CHARACTER IN UP TO SIX DIFFERENT FILMS WITHOUT REPEATING YOURSELF?
ERKI LAUR: I had the chance to play a different character in every film – a bartender, an art critic, a drug dealer, a film producer and an actor/dancer. I just played the parts, and that’s that.
JUHAN ULFSAK: All my characters were different. But I did try to repeat myself as much as possible.
3. DID YOU FIND MAKING A FILM IN THE THEATRE DIFFERENT TO MAKING A REGULAR FILM?
ERKI LAUR: The only connection that these films have with Von Krahl is the actors and the fact that the films are screened at the theatre. A new experience for me was to meet all of my colleagues on set and to see how they act in front of a camera. In addition, “The Elusive Miracle” was a superb opportunity to work with six Estonian film directors and get to know them. Cool!
JUHAN ULFSAK: The difference was surprisingly small, actually. I thought the directors would do stuff „they’ve always wanted to do with actors, but have never had the chance“, but in reality it was a pretty professional shoot with the whole usual system. Maybe Andres’s semi-documentary madness was something different. We had a tight schedule, which created the situation where we had to get the material together fast. There was no time for method acting experiments, and no-one asked for that anyway. But it was an inspiring and artistically free process where the actors’ suggestions were also taken into account.
An equally enjoyable experience was filming “Tühirand” with V. Õunpuu and R. Tolk, which was also a no-budget film, just a group of people thinking alike. And I hope that we’ll manage to make more of such projects together in the future, because that’s the real thing, and that’s how the long-awaited Estonian film will be born that has more to it than great cinematography.
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