To celebrate the weird and wonderful Eurovision Song Contest, we present weird and wonderful film facts about this year's finalist countries.
12 Apr 2013 - 2:13 PM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2013 - 2:13 PM

Just as there is listenable Prog Rock, there is an Estonian cinema. It's actually over 100 years old, with the first documentary having been made in 1912. The first narrative film, somewhat inevitably titled Bear Hunt, came along in 1914. Since then, films have been produced there at a modest yet steady pace; as part of the centennial celebration, the Estonian Association of Film Journalists selected a list of the 10 best ever, so there have been at least that many made. The newest on that list, the 2010 Temptation of St. Tony (pictured), is a joyously weird Lynchian odyssey in which a middle manager from Tallinn who looks suspiciously like a constipated Leo Sayer stumbles across a surreal cabaret/orgy/freakout to the strains of Odetta's “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Beats the heck out of Prog. Another film on the list is from 1985 and is called Keep Smiling, Baby!, which is probably what you have to do if you're to make films in Estonia.