Veiko Õunpuu's “Free Range/Ballad on Approving of the World” has been named Estonia's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.
The film tells the story of a young writer who finds himself in conflict over his role in society, having been fired from his job at a newspaper and finding out that his girlfriend is pregnant.
Õunpuu's “The Temptation of St. Tony” was submitted for the same Oscar category in 2010, but did not make the final shortlist.
The five-member national nominating committee was led by Tristan Priimägi of the Estonian Film Institute and picked “Free Range” over four other candidates, including “Une Estonienne à Paris,” “Demons,” “All Musicians Are Bastards” and “Living Images.”
The 86th Academy Awards will take place on March 2, 2014.