"Erik Kivisüda" scenes filmed on pirate ship in Kakumäe

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Film shooting of "Erik Kivisüda" in Luxembourg Source: Press material

A pirate ship has been built to shoot a new domestic movie in Kakumäe. Ilmar Raag's new movie "Erik Kivisüda" is created from the cooperation of five countries. The budget for the movie is €3.5 million. A lot of unprecedented special effects are used in the movie.

"Erik Kivisüda" is a children's movie that tells the story of Erik who has a stone heart and does not want to have friends in his life. When Erik's parents move away, he meets Maria who gets into trouble with the pirates while looking for Maria's mother. 

Ilmar Raag, the director of the movie, told "Aktuaalne Kaamera" (AK) on Tuesday: "It is a movie that one would have wanted to see when they were a child. The movie has adventurous moments and mystery at the same time. In the end, there is something that interests me as an adult as well. There should be some funny gestures but at the end, the movie discusses very serious topics." 

Riina Sildos, one of the movie producers, said: "We had planned to film the movie in April but due to the pandemic, we were forced to postpone the movie shooting. We changed some of the filming locations and had some amendments in the crew – as a result of that, it was crucial to change and plan over a number of things. I hope the change of process did not affect that much as COVID-19 was spreading wide. My wish is that we can shoot our scenes and edit the movie in a short time. The biggest risk that we have taken is that our actors and actresses are children. They tend to grow up very fast and now we are in a situation where we have to film the movie at a fast pace." 

A large number of special effects has been one of the major challenges and it requires a lot of work. Raag said: "I have not created a movie before with such amount of special effects. It looks like a fantasy world to me. It is clearly the most complicated and complex movie I have ever done myself. It is obviously making the movie look exciting as ever it will be." 

Actors Herman Avandi and Florian Gussak are playing the main characters in the movie. One of the influencers in Avandi's life is Juhan Ulfsak who is also going to take part in the movie. He adds that the most exciting part of the movie is the pirates who are not just ordinary ones. 

Avandi, who plays the role of Erik Kivisüda, said: "In Luxembourg, where we filmed the biggest action scene, I had to crawl through the fighting pirates then, and the first few times I had the feeling that all the stunt scenes were over. Other few first times I felt like everybody is going to step on me and it was scary but at the same time it was cool."

The movie will come out in February 2022


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