Contributors' Details

Eva Näripea (editor): Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts, working on her dissertation on representations of (urban) spaces in Estonian narrative cinema of the post-World War II period. She is also a part-time researcher at the research group of cultural and literary theory at Estonian Literary Museum and the head of the publishing department of Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2007 she led the organizing team of the international conference of film history Via Transversa: Lost Cinema of the Former Eastern Bloc (Tallinn, Estonia) and co-edited the proceedings of the conference in 2008. She has published articles and presented papers on representations of architecture, city- and landscapes in Soviet Estonian cinema in various Estonian and international publications and conferences.

Ewa Mazierska (editor): Professor of Contemporary Cinema at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire, UK. Her publications include numerous articles in Polish and English concerning various aspects of European cinema and over ten monographs and edited collections, including Jerzy Skolimowski: The Cinema of a Nonconformist (Berghahn, 2010), Masculinities in Polish, Czech and Slovak Cinema (Berghahn, 2008), Roman Polanski: The Cinema of a Cultural Traveller (I.B. Tauris, 2007), with Elżbieta Ostrowska, Women in Polish Cinema (Berghahn, 2006) and with Laura Rascaroli, Crossing New Europe: The European Road Movie (Wallflower Press, 2006), Dreams and Diaries: The Cinema of Nanni Moretti (Wallflower Press, 2004) and From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities, European Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003). She is currently working on a monograph devoted to film adaptations of Vladimir Nabokov’s prose.

Mari Laaniste (editor): researcher at the research group of cultural and literary theory at Estonian Literary Museum, with an interest in various visual narrative mediums such as comics, drawn animation and film. M.A. in art history from Estonian Academy of Arts. She is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation about the works of Priit Pärn as well as occasionally working as a freelance film and art critic.

Kristiina Davidjants: Filmmaker and film critic, currently writes mainly for the country’s biggest newspaper Postimees. She was nominated Film Critic of the Year 2004 by the Association of Estonian Film Journalists. Her debut as a script-writer and film director was Intimate Town (2003), a documentary about Sergei Dovlatov, a popular Russian writer who lived in Tallinn but emigrated in 1978. Intimate Town was shown in the official selection at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2004.

Elisabetta Girelli: Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, UK. She holds a PhD in British Cinema from Queen Mary, University of London. Her research focuses on the construction of identity on screen, especially in terms of nationality, gender, and sexuality; she is also very interested in spatial narratives and theories of space, in the theoretical side of representation, and in queer theory. She has published various journal articles on different aspects of European cinema, and recently the monograph Beauty and the Beast: Italianness in British Cinema (Intellect, 2009). She recently completed an article on the use of space in Czechoslovakian films of the 1960s, and is currently working on a project on the actor Montgomery Clift.

Andris Feldmanis: Freelance film critic based in Tallinn, Estonia. He holds a B.A. degree in history and has been publishing film criticism in newspapers and magazines for the past four years.

Karlo Funk: Currently the head of production and development at the Estonian Film Foundation, the state agency supporting film production. A graduate in history and philosophy, he has published reviews, interviews and articles on film, popular music, philosophy, art and literature in various cultural magazines. Until 2006 he held the position of head of international relations in the film foundation, working with film festivals and markets.

Lauri Kärk: Lecturer in Film History at the University of Tartu, Estonia. He received his degree in Film Studies from VGIK (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography) in Moscow, and worked as a story editor at Tallinnfilm. In addition to the history of Estonian cinema, he has researched Federico Fellini’s works and Sergei Eisenstein’s theory of montage. He has published over 500 articles, as well as a book Pildi sisse minek. Filmikirjutisi Tšehhovist virtual reality’ni 1977-1999 (Entering Pictures: Writings on Film from Chekhov to Virtual Reality 1977-1999).

Ellu Maar: B.A. in Semiotics, Tartu University, Estonia, M. A. in Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts. She wrote her M.A. thesis on representations of Estonian national identity in the art of the 1990s. She currently works at the Art Museum of Estonia.

Virve Sarapik: senior research fellow and head of the research group of cultural and literary theory at the Estonian Literary Museum; Extraordinary Professor, Estonian Academy of Arts. Her principal research interests include visual culture, semiotics of culture, the relations of pictorial and verbal representation. Her major publications include Keel ja kunst (1999), “Artist and myth” (2000), “Landscape: The problem of representation” (2002), “Picture, text and imagetext: textual polylogy” (2009). She is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Kunstiteaduslikke Uurimusi / Studies on Art and Architecture.

Leena Torim: Architect working in Tallinn, Estonia. She gained her M.A. from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2005, with an M.A. thesis on Tallinn’s Lasnamäe district, Urban landscapes—wasteland, promenade, bog. Her current work focuses on buildings as independent sustainable systems and components of ecosystem.

Margit Tõnson: Journalist, film and theatre critic and editor currently working in Eesti Ekspress, Estonia’s largest independent weekly. She studied culture theory at Estonian Institute of Humanities and basics of film-directing at Tallinn University, Film and Video Department, completing her B.A. thesis on techniques of authenticity in Ulrich Seidl’s narrative features. She has contributed as a programmer to the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. She is also a member of FIPRESCI and head of the Estonian Association of Film Journalists.

Andreas Trossek: Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. His previous research focused on Estonian hand-drawn animation from the 1970s and 1980s and its connections with the local art world. He currently works as an editor-in-chief of KUNST.EE, an Estonian magazine of art and visual culture, and as an art historian at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia.


Updated: 15 Mar 10