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by Veiko Õunpuu


Fred does not approve of this world. Why should he live here, driven by the same inexorable power that forces a blade of grass through the concrete? He loses his job at a newspaper because his review of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life is peppered with monosyllabic expletives. Since the editor in chief is quite furious, he has to leave the office before he is able to retrieve his first novel from the photocopier. Back at home, his girlfriend Susanna reveals she’s pregnant. His fear of new responsibilities drives him into a deep crisis, and a dubious offer from the editor helps Fred realize that working as a writer would mean selling his soul.

international title: Free Range
original title: Free Range – Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest
country: Estonia
sales agent: Level K
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Veiko Õunpuu
film run: 102'
release date: EE 19/09/2013
screenplay: Robert Kurvitz, Veiko Õunpuu
cast: Mari Abel, Jaanika Arum, Jim Ashilevi, Roman Baskin, Lauri Kaldoja, Lauri Lagle
cinematography by: Mart Taniel
film editing: Liis Nimik
art director: Jaagup Roomet
costumes designer: Jaanus Vahtra, Lotte Jürjendal
producer: Katrin Kissa
production: Homeless Bob Production
backing: Estonian Film Foundation, Estonian Cultural Endowment
distributor: Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o.


main awards/selection

Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Forum
GoEast Film Festival 2014 

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