Country Focus: Estonia
Three Estonian micro-budget features receive funding
by Laurence Boyce
- The Estonian Film Institute (EFI) and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, in cooperation with ERR (the Estonian National Broadcaster) and Estonian TV channels Kanal 2 and TV3, will support the production of three micro-budget feature films.
The scheme originally received 21 projects, with a five-member jury choosing the three movies. Each is receiving funding of €120,000 (with €40,000 provided by the EFI, €40,000 granted by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and €40,000 supplied by each of the respective TV channels). The films are due to be shown theatrically in the latter half of 2016 and will then be screened on Estonian television.
The thriller Ema [+see also:
film profile] [Mother] centres on a woman whose adult son has fallen into a coma after being shot. The woman must face the people of the small town in which she lives as they attempt to solve the puzzle of exactly what happened to her son. The film is directed by Kadri Kõusaar and written by Leana Jalukse, and the producer is Aet Laigu. The production company is Meteoriit Film, while the TV partner in the project will be ERR.
The comedy Klassikokkutulek [Class Reunion] tells the story of three friends on the cusp of a midlife crisis who each receive an invitation to a 25th-anniversary high-school reunion. This Estonian remake of the popular Danish [+see also:
film profile] and Finnish [+see also:
film profile] films will be directed by René Vilbre, produced by Kristian Taska of Taska Film and co-produced by Ilkka Matila of MRP – Matila Röhr Productions in Finland. The TV partner in the project will be Kanal 2.
The tragicomedy Õnn tuleb magades [Happiness Comes While You Sleep] sees writer-director Mart Kivastik depict a fortysomething, divorced woman experiencing one of the worst days of her life, waking up in the morning next to a stranger. The film will be produced by Anneli Ahven, of Kopli Kinokompanii. The TV partner in the project will be TV3.