Movie Briefs: 'Kertu' to Screen, Volmer Awarded Best Director

9/24/2013 3:18 PM
Category: Culture

Film director Ilmar Raag's new movie "Kertu," an unusual love story set in small town Estonia, will reach cinemas on October 10.

"Kertu" portrays a family's and community's veiled relations, starting with an ostensible rape on Midsummer's Night.

It features Ursula Ratasepp and Mait Malmsten.

"The film asks about a person's right to love and to happiness even if the right to make decisions has been taken away," an official summary writes.

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A previous movie by Raag, "Une Estonienne à Paris," has been making the rounds in Japanese cinemas since July 20, drawing 98,600 viewers so far, reported uudised.err.ee.

"Foreign art house films [in Japan] usually don't make it into major circulation in cinemas and are screened in small cinemas catering to film fans," said Sten Saluveer, the international program director of Estonia's Black Nights Film Festival, who is currently studying in Tokyo.

But most people see the Estonian-French project, which features Jeanne Moreau, firstly as a French film, Saluveer said.

"And although Estonia has remained in the background in the movie's advertising, many viewers are positively surprised when they hear of the director's and one lead actress's Estonian connection," said Saluveer.

The film has reached movie theaters around the world and was the second most popular Estonian-made film to be screened in Estonia in 2012, with Toomas Hussar's "Mushrooming" taking first place.

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Turning the compass to Krasnodar, Russia, where the CIS and Baltic countries partook in a film festival called "Kinoshock," journalists awarded Hardi Volmer a Best Director award for his historical drama "Living Pictures," reported uudised.err.ee.

The same film also won Best Screenplay, written by Peep Pedmanson, and Best Actresses for performances by Sandra Uusberg and Anu Lamp.

The grand prize went to Kazakh filmmaker Ermek Tursunov's "The Old Man."


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