'Tenet' premieres on Wednesday, ETV shows interviews with stars Thursday

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Interview on "Ringvaade" Source: ERR

Long-awaited Christopher Nolan movie "Tenet", which was partly filmed in Tallinn last summer, premieres on Wednesday, August 26. On Thursday, August 27, ETV current affairs show "Ringvaade" is airing interviews with starring actors Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Elizabeth Debick and Nolan himself, where they will talk about their impressions of Tallinn and their time on set shooting in the Estonian capital.

The movie, long-heralded as the savior of the coronavirus-stricken Hollywood film industry, has already been screened at special pre-release events.

Artis Cinema's program manager Ragnar Novod wrote in Delfi (link in Estonian) who saw "Tenet", Nolan's most expensive offering to date, said afterwards that it meets the expectations that the British director's fans have set for him, adding that something in his style has changed, which should be considered as a warning against high expectations from the fans.

Nolan's previous work includes "Memento", "Dunkirk", "Inception" and "Insomnia", so "Tenet" continuous the one-word movie title tradition.

Ragnar Novod said that "Tenet" offers a complex narrative, which is held together with a sci-fi aspect which bends reality, presenting it in a new light.

Daily newspaper Postimees' reporter Hendrik Alla (link in Estonian) also went to see the movie ahead of release, and commented that "Tenet" is a real "Estonian" movie as it also includes local actors and extras. He added that in order to understand the film, you would have to watch it multiple times.

Alla said that he would have wanted to see more acting, in fact, because sometimes the movie strayed into action movie cliche.

Tristan Priimägi: Nolan's name a selling point in itself

There's no one in his league in having as their selling point the director's name. There are those who try to push the already existing intellectual capital with their name, but Nolan has a habit of coming up with bold original ideas," Priimägi said, according to ERR's Culture portal.

Priimägi said that he did not want to read any reviews before judging for himself, noting that "star ratings" had ranged from two to five (out of five) so far, making them largely meaningless.

Priimägi also stressed that Estonian home-grown movies which were made in spring have also been put back to fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning the public can and should go and view them, as a counter to "Tenet"-mania and to help support the domestic industry.

"Tenet" can be seen in cinemas all over Estonia, from major cinemas such as the Apollo chain in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Narva, Jõhvi and Kuressaare, through to much smaller, independent houses.

"Tenet"'s Estonian segments were filmed in conjunction with production company Allfilm. Scenes were shot on Laagna tee in Lasnamäe, on Pärnu mnt in the city center, in the Linnahall and at other locations.

The movie's original release date was July, but with coronavirus rates in California rising, it was put back several times. A general release was not possible ahead of being opened to the public in Los Angeles.


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