New Estonian horror film goes into production
by Laurence Boyce
- Ghost Mountaineer to be one of the first Estonian genre films in decades
One of Estonia’s first genre films for many years is now shooting in the Baltic country. Urmas Eero Liiv’s feature film Ghost Mountaineer [+see also:
film profile] (Must alpinist) is a youth film with elements of horror, which is based on real-life events that took place during the Soviet era.
The film tells the story of a Soviet Estonian student hiking group which gets caught up in a series of frightening events that unfold in Siberia during the heart of the winter. Group leader Olle (Reimo Sagor), whose unpopularity is matched only by his disillusionment with his companions during the trip, disappears on the last day in the mountains. His rival, the liberal-minded and adventurous Eero (Priit Pius), takes over and guides the descending hikers into a Buryat village on the mountain to seek help. A strange and senseless chain of events soon unfolds, which seems to be orchestrated by the missing Olle. In a foreign land and surrounded by people they do not know, the hikers are faced with a task which threatens to overwhelm them all.
The film stars Priit Pius, Rait Õunapuu, Hanna Martinson, Liis Lass, Veiko Porkanen and Reimo Sagor alongside Russian actors Vadim Andrejev and Igor Gasparjan. The screenwriter and director is Urmas Eero Liiv, and the producer is Anneli Ahven, the producer of recent Estonian hits Living Images and Demons. The film will be produced by Kopli Kinokompanii.