Professor Jüri Sillart, a well-known film-maker, cameraman, director, teacher and head of the film department of Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School, passed away unexpectedly on September 10th. Jüri Sillart was born in Tallinn on May 29, 1943.
He produced very unusual and interesting artistic visuals in the 1970’s and 1980’s and was compared to such famous cameramen as Tarkovski’s Georg Rerberg.
He produced 12 major films. The best known and most valued of these, were “Surma hinda küsi surnutelt” (1977), “Hukkunud Alpinisti hotell” (1979), “Metskannikesed” (1980), “Karge meri” (1981) and “Nipernaadi” (1983).
Jüri Sillart worked with all the top directors of his time, such as Grigori Kromanov, Kaljo Kiisk, Leida Laius, Arvo Kruusement.
Professor Sillart was appointed Head of the Chair of Film and Video at Tallinn Pedagogical University in 2004. He was Head of the bachelor and master curricula of Film Arts in Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School since 2006.
There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.
“Often down here I have entered into a sanctuary; a nunnery; had a religious retreat; of great agony once; and always some terror; so afraid one is of loneliness; of seeing to the bottom of the vessel. That is one of the experiences I have had here in some Augusts; and got then to a consciousness of what I call ‘reality’: a thing I see before me: something abstract; but residing in the downs or sky; beside which nothing matters; in which I shall rest and continue to exist.”
— from a diary entry dated 10 September 1928
“Let us say that I am a disillusioned socialist. To the point of becoming an anarchist. But because I have a conscience, I’m a moderate anarchist who doesn’t go about throwing bombs. I mean, I’ve experienced just about all the untruths there are in life. So what remains in the end? The family. Which is the final archetype – handed down from prehistory.
What else is there? Friendship. And that is all. I’m a pessimist by nature. With John Ford, people look out of the window with hope. Me, I show people who are scared to even open the door. And if they do, they tend to get a bullet right between the eyes. But that’s how it is.”