Documentary: Normal. Slices of Life in Estonia and Germany

Germany / Estonia 2010
57 min / HD 16:9 / Color


Heilika Pikkov (Estonia, Director & Screenplay)
Ülo Pikkov (Estonia, Producer & Screenplay)
Sandra Van Slooten (Germany, Director, Screenplay & Producer)
Volker Maria Engel (Germany, Director)

Promotional Grant: 35,000 euros
Title: Normal. Slices of Life in Estonia and Germany
Genre: Documentary


Slices of everyday life in Ruhnu, Bayrischzell, Tallinn and Schwerin. Vitali, a loner, laughs at putrid capitalists, but is a proud owner of two Mercedes cars on the little island of Ruhnu where the longest road is 3 km. Farmer Gabi lives in the middle of the Bavarian mountains, complains about the strict German bureaucracy and is not willing to accept that the time of traditional small farms is over. A retired teacher Christoph from East-German Schwerin has a lot of trouble fighting against the last Lenin monument in the Western world. And political activist Maire from Tallinn still feels threatened by neighboring Russia, demanding that the Communist criminals should finally be punished. A film about the gap and the proximity between Estonian and German normality in the present day.

Volker Maria Engel and Sandra Van Slooten have cooperated in documentaries and short films over the past four years and are founders of "Schnittmenge - Büro für Bewegtbild" (Intersection. Bureau of the Moving Image). Heilika Pikkov and Sandra Van Slooten met at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2005.

Interviewing the Team:

Picture Gallery

Gabi Scharmann
Maire Joost
Christoph Priesemann
Vitali Gerne