That’s IT! for Estonian film
by Laurence Boyce
What is being described as the ‘first folk-film in history’ will premiere in Estonia on 11/11/11 as feature film That’s IT! will screen at over 110 cinemas across the country.
Created by more than 1500 Estonian filmmakers, the film is a culmination of a year-long project in which the entire crew – from directors to actors – are all amateurs who have been guided by industry professionals. With a script written at the beginning of the year, a casting process for both actors and crew done through both a reality TV show and online and intensive workshops on production design and editing, the film is truly designed to be a collaborative project. Familiar names in the 1500 include Jaak Kilmi, best known for directing Disco and Atomic War [+see also:
film profile] and producing the recent documentary Uus Maailm and Ilmar Raag, director of the critically acclaimed Klass [+see also:
The film itself is a road movie crossed with a tale about the end of the world in which Estonia sees late December sunshine and those in the country deciding how they are going to spend their final days. One will profess his undying love for a starlet (whilst another believes that sacrificing will prevent the end of days). Ervin wins the last lottery – but doesn’t have much time to spend the money. As confusion reigns and the apocalypse approaches, will people be able to find love even if they only have minutes left?
The film is not only designed to act as a celebration of 100 years of Estonian cinema but also the traditional Estonian idea of working as a community. Whereas once this would be used to gather the harvest, the spirit is now being used to foster filmmaking knowledge across the entire country.
For more information about the film visit www.filmitalgud.ee/eng.
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.