The nominees for the Student Academy Awards were published this week, with director German Golub's "My Dear Corpses" picked as best narrative film among various international film schools.
The news hit Golub unexpectedly: "I started my morning routine of reading e-mails and saw that the notification had come, then there was a little conflict - I have to keep working but I should celebrate a little as well," Golub said.
He added that being nominated makes him proud and shows that leaps have been taken in the Estonian film environment and on film-related curriculums. "I think this is the first time in BFM (Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School) history when a film has been nominated for the Student Oscars," Golub said.
The film "My Dear Corpses" talks of a boy named Erki who is unexpectedly evicted from his house, facing the rather difficult task of taking care of his lonely mother. He is then forced to become a corpse carrier. "While the film is not autobiographical in any way, I am familiar with the work and have done it myself," the director noted.
Back then he was not able to see what such a job does to a person having to do it for many years and he set off to discover the effects of the job through the protagonist's colleague.
Golub explained: "He knows what life is worth. As they say, you don't know what happiness is if you've never experienced sadness. We forget that often. With technology developing and all that, things that are necessary, we start feeling like we're immortal. This film is also made to remind people that you can't really live if you don't remember death."
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste