Ilmar Taska 

Ilmar Taska is a writer, director, producer and screenwriter.

He writes books, directs film and theater and has created a TV channel.

 

ILMAR TASKA WAS BORN IN KIROV, RUSSIA,  WHERE HIS FAMILY HAD BEEN SENT FROM ESTONIA BY STALIN`S REPRESSIONS.  HE GREW UP IN ESTONIA AND STUDIED AT THE MOSCOW FILM INSTITUTE (MA IN FILM).

MR.TASKA WAS HIRED BY TALLINN FILM STUDIOS AS A PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION, WORKING WITH DIRECTORS SUCH AS TARKOVSKI AND KROMANOV.

HE SERVED AS A PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE ON FEATURE FILMS "LOST ALPINIST HOTEL" AND "NEST OF WINDS. "

WHILE LIVING IN SWEDEN, HE WON TWO SCOLARSHIPS FROM THE SCANDINAVIAN-AMERICAN FOUNDATION AND FROM THE SWEDISH INSTITUTE.

HE WROTE AND DIRECTED A DOCUMENTARY, "PAUL WUNDERLICH", WAS A SCREENPLAY CONSULTANT  FOR  "SONET  FILM" AND  CO-CREATOR OF  "NIGHT EXERCISE" FOR  TV2 OF SWEDEN.

ILMAR TASKA FACILITATED HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS BETWEEN THE FILM INDUSTRIES OF THE USA AND THE USSR IN HOLLYWOOD, MOSCOW AND THE ROCKEFELLER ESTATE IN NEW YORK, UNDER THE BANNER OF THE "ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT".  

LATER HE SERVED AS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN-SOVIET FILM INITIATIVE WITH PARTICIPATION OF DAVID PUTNAM, JEFF BERG, JON VOIGHT,  KATHLEEN KENNEDY AND ROY DISNEY.

BETWEEN 1988 AND 1990 HE WAS A PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE FOR FRIES ENTERTAINMENT AND FACILITATED VARIOUS PROJECTS FOR SHOWTIME AND OTHER COMPANIES.

IN 1990 THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES ASKED MR.TASKA TO PRODUCE AND DIRECT A SEGMENT  WITH JACK LEMMON FOR THE  ACADEMY AWARDS WHICH WAS TELECAST SIMULTANEOUSLY ALL OVER THE WORLD FROM MOSCOW.

IN 1990/91 HE CO-WROTE AND PRODUCED "BACK IN THE USSR" WITH LINDSAY SMITH, (DIR. DERAN SERAFIAN, STARRING FRANK WHALEY,  ROMAN POLANSKI AND NATALYA NEGODA) FOR LARGO ENTERTAINMENT (20TH CENTURY FOX RELEASE).

IN 1993 HE  PRODUCED AN ESTONIAN-US MOVIE, "CANDLES IN THE DARK" FOR THE FAMILY CHANNEL/KUSHNER LOCKE. THE MOVIE WAS DIRECTED BY MAXIMILIAN SCHELL AND IT IS STARRING CHAD LOWE, MAXIMILIAN SCHELL AND ALYSSA MILANO.

IN 1994, MR.TASKA LAUNCHED THE FIRST PRIVATE TV CHANNEL, CHANNEL 2 IN ESTONIA AND TURNED IT INTO THE LEADING NATIONAL NETWORK OF THE COUNTRY.  HE SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF CHANNEL 2 UNTIL 1998. HE CREATED THE BEST RATED TV TALK SHOWS IN ESTONIA WITH ESTONIAN ACTORS.

IN 1999, HE SERVED AS ESTONIAN CO-PRODUCER ON AN INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM "OUT OF THE COLD", (VIRTUOSO) DERECTED BY SACHA  BURAVSKI  (RUSSIA),  STARRING KEITH CARRADINE, MIA KIRSCHNER, MERCEDES RUHL, BRIAN DENNEHY, JUDD HIRSCH.

SINCE 2000 ILMAR TASKA HAS DEVELOPED VARIOUS FILM PROJECTS FOR TASKA PRODUCTIONS.

IN 2004 HE DIRECTED AND CO-WROTE “WE WON’T SLEEP TONIGHT/ SET POINT” WITH CARMEN KASS, PETER FRANZEN AND MARIA AVDJUSHKO (OFFICIAL SELECTION IN 10 FILM FESTIVALS, DISTRIBUTED BY MINERVA/ CINEQUEST).

IN 2009 HE DIRECTED AND CO-PRODUCED A REDARK-ABS CO-PRODUCTION “THY KINGDOM COME” WRITTEN BY LORIS CURCI AND MARIANO BAINO, STARRING JULIAN BERLIN AND TIYA SIRCAR.

IN 2010 HE DIRECTED A PLAY “POWER OF LOVE” FOR THE COURTYARD THEATRE IN LONDON, STARRING ANNA WINSLET AND CHRISTOPH DOSTAL.

IN 2011 HE DIRECTED WITH ODALYS NANIN A PLAY „LAVENDER LOVE“ FOR THE MACHA THEATRE IN WEST HOLLYWOOD ABOUT SCREEN LEGENDS RUDOLPH VALENTINO AND ALLA NAZIMOVA.

IN 2011 A BOOK OF ILMAR TASKA’S SHORT STORIES AND AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVELLA „BETTER THAN LIFE“ WAS PUBLISHED BY EPL KIRJASTUS IN TALLINN, ESTONIA, TRANSLATED INTO SWEDISH IN 2013

IN 2012 ILMAR TASKA DIRECTED ERLAND JOSEPHSON’S „ONE SUMMER NIGHT IN SWEDEN“ FOR NATIONAL THEATRE IN TALLINN, STARRING ALEKSANDR IVASKEVICH, WHICH RECEIVED THE BEST DIRECTION AND ACTORS ENSEMBLE AWARDS.  HE ALSO  DIRECTED A PLAY „GODOT“ BY STEVE GOUGH FOR MET THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES STARRING NICOLAUS MACKIE AND TYSON TURROU.

IN 2014. I. TASKA´S NOVELLA "POBEDA" WON THE ESTONIAN LITERARY PRICE "LOOMING" IN THE BEST SHORT STORY CATEGORY. HIS BOOK OF SHORT STORIES "MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN LIFE" WAS PUBLISHED IN SWEDEN BY SOLEKA FÖRLAG.

IN 2015 I. TASKA'S STORY "APARTMENT TO LET WAS SELECTED AS ONE OF THE BEST FROM EUROPE AND WAS INCLUDED IN THE PRESTIGIOUS EDITION "BEST EUROPEAN FICTION 2016", DALKEY ARCHIVE PRESS.

IN 2016 HIS NOVEL  "POBEDA 1946" (A CAR CALLED VICTORY) PUBLISHED BY THE LARGEST ESTONIAN PUBLISHING HOUSE VARRAK, BECAME A BESTSELLER AND A HUGE CRITICAL SUCCESS.

IN 2017 HIS NOVEL "POBEDA 1946" IS COMING OUT IN FINNISH BY WSOY AND IN GERMAN BY KOMMODE VERLAG. IN 2018 "POBEDA 1946" AKA "A CAR CALLED VICTORY" WILL BE PUBLISHED ALSO IN ENGLISH, DANISH, ETC. HIS NOVELLA "BETTER THAN LIFE" AND SHORT STORIES WAS PUBLISHED BY JENSEN & DALGAARD IN DANISH. 
ILMAR TASKA'S STORIES HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH, SWEDISH, FINNISH, LATVIAN, RUSSIAN, CHINESE AND BULGARIAN.

SINCE 2008 ILMAR TASKA WORKS AS A CONSULTANT FOR HOUSE OF FILM

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