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Triin Ruumet preparing Dark Paradise

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- The Estonian-French co-production, set for release next year, follows a young woman who discovers that her recently buried father was actually wallowing in debt and her whole life has been one big lie

Triin Ruumet preparing Dark Paradise
Director Triin Ruumet (© Priit Mürk)

Tallinn-born director Triin Ruumet is now working on her sophomore film, a drama entitled Dark Paradise. Her first feature, set in 1990s Estonia, The Days that Confused [+see also:
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, was in the running for the East of the West Award at Karlovy Vary in 2016, and won six prizes at the 2017 Estonian Film and TV Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Lead Actor).

Her new effort, which she penned with Livia Ulman and Andris Feldmanis (both writers of the upcoming Cannes competition title Compartment No. 6 [+see also:
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), has been described as a “poignant tale about Millennials” and follows a 27-year-old woman called Karmen, who discovers that her recently buried father was actually wallowing in debt and her whole life has been one big lie. When Karmen’s life free of responsibility starts to collapse, she takes out her feelings on her brother Viktor by disfiguring his face. At the centre of the film is a hedonistic lifestyle and the nihilistic search for love and intimacy.

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The confirmed members of the main cast are Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Juhan Ulfsak, Maria Avdjusko, Kristo Viiding, Steffi Pähn and Liisa Saaremäel. The project’s technical crew includes DoP Erik Põllumaa (Rain [+see also:
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, Scandinavian Silence [+see also:
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, Portugal [+see also:
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), production designer Matis Mäesalu (Rain, November [+see also:
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, The Days that Confused) and costume designer Liis Plato (Rain, Portugal, The Days that Confused).

Dark Paradise is being produced by Elina Litvinova for Estonia’s Three Brothers and Jeremy Forni for France’s Chevaldeuxtrois. The film, currently in pre-production, will be ready for release in 2022. It has received support from the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA programme, the Estonian Film Institute and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

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