Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.
from Notebooks, 1951-1959
Why do you look so sad?
Because you speak to me in words and I look at you with feelings.
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.