'Tenet' director on Tallinn: We looked for less well-known locations

Filmings of Tenet in Estonia
Filmings of Tenet in Estonia Source: Scanpix/Postimees/Erik Tikan

A book called "The Secrets of Tenet: Inside Christopher Nolan's Quantum Cold War" is to be published at the end of the summer, about the completion of British director Christopher Nolan's feature film "Tenet". The introduction of the fifth chapter, which talks about "Tenet" techniques in Estonia, has just been published on the Internet.

"We are always looking for places that are not very well known. What made Tallinn so wonderful and stand out from other cities is that no Hollywood film had been made there before and that also made the city very attractive," Nolan explained in the introduction to the chapter. 

The following pages of the book talk about the Linnahall, which stands in as the Kyiv Opera House. 

"When we first saw it, it was a large and boring abyss of the communist era, with only one light bulb hanging," recalled producer Thomas Hayslip.

 However, after cleaning, restoring the lighting, and plastering the walls, the Linnahall was an ideal location. "The colors were so vivid! This place was like a cave, but at the same time it was exactly what we needed," Hayslip said. 

In the film, terrorists also "blow up" the iconic LInnahall, which required the removal of dust and flammable material from under the rafters before the special effects were carried out. Indoors, a controlled explosion was carried out using propane, while outdoors, petrol was used to make the effect more substantial. 

The premiere of "Tenet" has been postponed twice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the film is expected to reach cinemas on August 12 as things stand. 

The book itself is to be published on August 21 and is authored by James Mottram, who also penned the inside story of a previous Nolan movie, Dunkirk.


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