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Synopsis

This film is about the beauty of growing old. It is a story about an old and wise man who is preparing to leave this world and, thus, faces many personal and delicate questions. How not to loose faith in these final hours? Why are the greatest among us put through the hardest trials in the spiritual realm? Vello Salo is a Catholic cleric in his 90s, but first and foremost, a human being: a free spirit, a man with his own quirks and tricks, not to mention a lifetime of experience and wisdom which has been well-preserved to this modern day.

 

 

After leaving Estonia in 1944, Salo's journeys took him to places all around the world: a soldier in Finland and a gardner in Sweden; a student of mathemathics and physics in Switzerland and the Netherlands, and of theology in Italy. He was ordained as a priest in Germany and has since taught and worked in Italy, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Canada and Sweden, among other places. Since 1993, he is back in Estonia, living and working as a Catholic priest at the Pirita convent.

 

More often than not, people reach their spiritual prime during their final years. Many important questions become clear through pain and suffering only in the last chapter of life. May this film bring joy and comfort to us all!

 

Director
Jaan Tootsen

Jaan Tootsen (b. 1975) studied at the Estonian Institute of Humanities and graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University. He is working as a programme editor in Estonian Radio. He has directed several documentaries, compiled over 100 radio programmes.

Filmography
  • Uus Maailm (doc, PÖFF 2011)
  • Velosoofid (doc, 2013)
  • Igapäevaelu müstika (doc, 2018)
Sat, 24.11.2018
5:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
090606
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 090606
Movie guests
Director Jaan Tootsen, Producer  Lauri Laasik, Crew  Mart Kessel-Otsa, Director  Rait Siska, Crew  Sander Saarmets, Crew  Taavi Arus
Fri, 30.11.2018
4:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
151506
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 151506
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: Estonia
Year: 2018
Duration: 82 minutes
Languages: Estonian, Italian
Director: Jaan Tootsen
Producer: Jaan Tootsen
Writer: Jaan Tootsen
DOPs: Erik Norkroos, Kullar Viimne, Taavi Arus, Jaan Tootsen, Marianne Kõrver, Joosep Matjus, Jaan Kolberg
Montage: Tõnis Tootsen
Composers: Robert Jürjendal, Sander Saarmets
Cast: Vello Salo
Production: Aadam ja Pojad
Synopsis

This film is about the beauty of growing old. It is a story about an old and wise man who is preparing to leave this world and, thus, faces many personal and delicate questions. How not to loose faith in these final hours? Why are the greatest among us put through the hardest trials in the spiritual realm? Vello Salo is a Catholic cleric in his 90s, but first and foremost, a human being: a free spirit, a man with his own quirks and tricks, not to mention a lifetime of experience and wisdom which has been well-preserved to this modern day.

 

 

After leaving Estonia in 1944, Salo's journeys took him to places all around the world: a soldier in Finland and a gardner in Sweden; a student of mathemathics and physics in Switzerland and the Netherlands, and of theology in Italy. He was ordained as a priest in Germany and has since taught and worked in Italy, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Canada and Sweden, among other places. Since 1993, he is back in Estonia, living and working as a Catholic priest at the Pirita convent.

 

More often than not, people reach their spiritual prime during their final years. Many important questions become clear through pain and suffering only in the last chapter of life. May this film bring joy and comfort to us all!

 

Director
Jaan Tootsen

Jaan Tootsen (b. 1975) studied at the Estonian Institute of Humanities and graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University. He is working as a programme editor in Estonian Radio. He has directed several documentaries, compiled over 100 radio programmes.

Filmography
  • Uus Maailm (doc, PÖFF 2011)
  • Velosoofid (doc, 2013)
  • Igapäevaelu müstika (doc, 2018)