Darkness in Tallinn (Tallinn pimeduses)

Director: Ilkka Järvi-Laturi
Screenwriters: Paul Kolsby

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


In 1991, Estonia has reason to celebrate, The country is at last independent, and a billion dollars in gold, hidden in Paris since 1940 when the Nazis first invaded, is coming home to Tallinn, There is dancing in the streets: with the" newfound freedom, prosperity seems right around the corner. The Soviet Mafia is also gleeful: they have a foolproof plan to steal the billion, When the armored cars approach the government treasury, the lights will go out all over the City, the guards will be shot. and the gold spirited to awaiting ship

Iikka Jarvilaturi (director of the remarkable, award-winning Homecoming) has crafted a classic caper film with suspense and a particularly Finnish brand of humor, Darkness in Tallinn begins like a screwball farce, then slowly darkens, Good and evil clash with the innocent (or nearly so) taking up an ambiguous but heroic stance. Jarvilaturi handles the action sequences With vitality. and manages to make each of his characters authentic and sympathetic. Exciting as a crime thriller, Darkness in Tallinn is also never less than touching.

Friday Jan 21 9:30 11m
Prospector Square Theatre

Sunday Jan 23 8:00 pm
Sundance Screening Room

Friday Jan 28 6:00 pm
Prospector Square Theatre


— Dimitri Eipides, Toronto Film Festival

Screening Details

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