International Competition

Disco and Atomic War

Jaak Kilmi, Kiur Aarma

‘Disco and Atomic War’ tells the story of a strange kind of information war in which a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture. And loses. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children’s worldviews in those days - in ways that now seem slightly odd. Finnish television was a window to a world of dreams that the authorities could not block in any way. Though Finnish channels were banned, many households found some way to access the forbidden fruit. ‘Disco and Atomic War’ offers its own version of recent history, mixing spy games into a human tragicomedy.

Jaak Kilmi

Jaak Kilmi was born in Talinn, Estonia. He began studying cinematography in 1992 at the Talinn Pedagogical University Film Department, choosing directing as his main optional subject. During his six years of studies, he made three short films: ‘Aguli-Ellinor’, ‘Ta-Ram Ta-Ram’ and ‘Külla Tuli’. Following the completion of his studies, Jaak Kilmi directed two other short films: ‘Tähesoit’ and ‘The Human Camera’. He is a member of the Estonian Film Critics Union and writes numerous articles for the specialist press.

Kiur Aarma

Kiur Aarma is an Estonian television journalist. He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1997. Aarma is also a writer and producer. Among the films on which he has worked is ‘Sinimäed’, which he produced and helped write.

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Disco and Atomic War

2009, 80', color, video

Directed by:
Jaak Kilmi, Kiur Aarma

Screenplay by:
Jaak Kilmi, Kiur Aarma

Manfred Vainokivi

Edited by:
Lauri Laasik

Ardo Ran Varres

Kiur Aarma

Produced by:
RUUT, Helsinki Filmi

Festivals & Awards:

Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival - Silver Eye Award; Warsaw Film Festival - Best Documentary