Six films chosen to go into production for Estonia 100
by Laurence Boyce
- The celebration of the Estonian Republic’s 100th birthday will see six features produced
First announced in December 2012, the EV100 film contest called for the submission of projects designed to celebrate the centenary of the Estonian Republic. The first round saw 165 ideas received, 17 of which were selected. From these, nine were chosen to move onto the scriptwriting stage. Now, the six projects chosen to go into production have been announced. They are:
Truth and Justice (Tõde ja õigus): Based on the novel by AH Tammsaare, the film is about the competition between two neighbours. The director and screenwriter is Tanel Toom, and the producers are Ivo Felt and Don Rudder. The production company is Allfilm.
Comrade Child (Seltsimees laps): This film takes us back to the beginnings of Soviet Estonia in the 1950s, when Stalin’s terror machine was running at full speed. The director and screenwriter is Moonika Siimets, and the producer is Riina Sildos. The production company is Amrion.
Põrgu Jaan: This movie is set at the beginning of the 18th century in Estonia, after ten years of war, famine and plague, which have almost wiped out the population. The director and screenwriter is Kaur Kokk, and the producer is Katrin Kissa. The production company is Homeless Bob Productions.
Take It or Leave It (Võta või jäta): This tells the story of a single father. The director and screenwriter is Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo, and the producer is Ivo Felt. The production company is Allfilm.
Lotte and the Lost Dragons (Lotte ja kadunud lohed): The beloved children’s character returns in a new animated film. The scriptwriters are Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits and Andrus Kivirähk, the directors are Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits, and the producer is Kalev Tamm. The production company is Eesti Joonisfilm.
Princess, the Page and Felix (Printsess, Paaž ja Felix): This will be a romantic drama focusing on two Estonian writers. The director and screenwriter is Raimo Jõerand, and the producers are Marju Lepp and Manfred Vainokivi. The production company is Filmivabrik.
Five of the titles are debut features, and the plan is for the films to reach cinemas in 2017-2019.