Join us in celebrating Estonian centenary and come to the UK premiere of an Estonian feature film November.
Film directed by Rainer Sarnet.
The film is based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel “Rehepapp”.
The ASC’s (The American Society of Cinematographers) — the spotlight award to recognize lesser-known achievements from the festival circuit and the world of foreign cinema — went to “November” Cinematographer Mart Taniel.
Best Cinematography TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Best Film RIGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official selection: KARLOVY VARY, STIGES, SHANGHAI
Estonian pagan and European Christian mythologies come together in this film. Both mythologies look for a miracle; for an ancient force that gives one a soul. This film is about souls – longing for a soul, selling your soul and living without a soul.
The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. The villagers’ main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter. And, to that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, and from spirits, the devil, and Christ. To guard their souls, they’ll give them away to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts, who help their masters by stealing more. They steal even if their barns are already overflowing. Stealing is an obsession that makes the villagers more and more like the soulless creatures they command, the kratts. The main character of the film is a young farm girl named Liina who is hopelessly and forlornly in love with a village boy named Hans. Her longing makes the girl become a werewolf and jump into an ice-cold pond. She’s ready to die in the name of love.
The pragmatic farmers are faced with a question: is the life that they’ve won through so much toil worth anything if it lacks a soul?
The event is organised together with the “London Book Fair” and the “London Book Screen Week”. londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk
In partnership with Estonian Embassy, Latvian Embassy, Latvian Literature and Lithuanian Embassy in the United Kingdom.
Tribeca Film Festival / World Narrative Competition / New York, NY, USA
Shanghai International Film Festival / Panorama / Shanghai, China
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival / Official Selection – Out of Competition / Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Bogota Independent Film Festival / Bogota, Colombia
Fantasia Film Festival / Montreal, Canada
European Film Festival Palic / Parallels and Encounters Program / Palic, Serbia
Riga International Film Festival /Official Competition / Riga, Latvia
Darwin International Film Festival / Darwin, Australia
CPH:PIX / Untamed Program / Copenhagen, Denmark
Helsinki International Film Festival “Love and Anarchy” / “Dim and Dimmer” Section / Helsinki, Finland
Gdynia Film Festival / Gdynia, Poland
Adana Film Festival / Adana, Turkey
Sitges International Fantasy Film Festival / Sitges, Spain
Santa Cruz Film Festival / Santa Cruz, California, USA
Mumbai Film Festival / Mumbai, India
Chicago International Film Festival / Chicago, USA
Kaohsiung Film Festival / Kaohsiung, Taiwan
CinEast – Central and Eastern European Film Festival / Luxembourg
Nordic Film Days Lübeck / Special Screening /Lübeck, Germany
Denver Film Festival / Denver, USA
Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” / International Competition / Minsk, Belarus
Ithaca Fantastik / New York, USA
Inverness Film Festival / Inverness, UK
Virginia Film Festival / Virginia, USA
Cork Film Festival / Cork, Ireland
CinEast / Luxembourg
Camerimage / Baltic Cinema Review / Bydgoszcz, Poland
Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival / Saskatchewan, Canada
Black Nights Film Festival / Estonian Film Competition / Tallinn, Estonia
Monster Fest / Offical selection / Melbourne, Australia
Shivers Film Festival Konstanz / Konstanz, Germany
AFI EU Film Showcase / Washington, USA
International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) / Official World Cinema section / Kerala, India
Scandinavia Film Festiva LA / Los Angeles, USA
Göteborg International Film Festival / Göteborg, Sweden
!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival / Istanbul, Turkey
Fantasporto – Oporto International Film Festival / Official Fantasy Competition / Porto, Portugal
Stockfish Film Festival / Reykjavík, Iceland