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Feature film (1h 55min). Written & directed by Rainer Sarnet
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Based on the Estonian best-selling novel “Rehepapp” by Andrus Kivirähk

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?

Year: 2017
Written & directed by: Rainer Sarnet
Cast: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Dieter Laser, Arvo Kukumägi, Heino Kirst o.a
Producers: Katrin Kissa, Ellen Havenith, Lukasz Dzieciol
In co-production with: Homeless Bob Production (EE, delegate producer) & Opus Film (PL)
Supported by: MEDIA, Estonian Film Institute, Estonian Cultural Endowment, The Netherlands Film Fund, Polish Film Institute, Netherlands Film Production Incentive & Eurimages.
Distributor Benelux: Cinemien

Selected for:
Tribeca Film Festival, New York 2017 (World Premiere, International Narrative Competition)
Shanghai International Film Festival (Panorama), Shanghai China
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic (Official Selection, Out of Competition & European Premiere)
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
Münster Film Festival (European Feature Film Competition), Münster Germany
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (Oficial Fantàstic Discovery), Sitges Spain
Santa Cruz Film Festival, Santa Cruz CA 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, Lübeck, Germany
Denver Film Festival, Denver USA
Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” (International Competition), Minsk Belarus
Ithaca Fantastic, New Youk USA
Inverness Film Festival, Inverness UK
Virginia Film Festival, Virginia USA
Cork Film Festival, Cork Ireland
Camerimage Baltic Cinema Review, Bydgoszcz Poland
Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival, Saskatchewan Canada
Black Nights Film Festival (Estonian Film Competition), Tallinn Estonia
Monster Fest, Melbourne Australia
Shivers Film Festival Konstanz, Konstanz Germany
AFI EU Film Showcase, Washington USA
International Film Festival Kerala (Official World Cinema section), Kerala India
Scandinavia Film Festival 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
Offscreen Film Festival, Brussels Belgium
Faust Festival, München Germany
Estonian Film Days, Budapest Hungary
Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe (Main Competition), Paris France
Titanic Budapest International Film Festival, Budapest Hungary
Imagine Film Festival, Amsterdam Netherlands
Baltic Film Week, London UK
Let’s CEE Film Festival (Main Competition Programme), Vienna Austria
goEast Film Festival (Main Competition), Wiesbaden Germany
Ankara International Film Festival, Ankara Turkey
Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival (Official Competition), Bilbao Spain
Baltic Film Days, St Petersburg Russia

Winner of:
Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film @ Tribeca Film Festival 2017, Best Feature Award @ Riga International Film Festival 2017, Grand prix golden Listapad for best film & Yuri Marukhin award for best cinematography (Mart Taniel) & Award for best score / sound design (Jacaszek) @ 24th Minsk IFF Listapad, Programmer’s Award @ Virginia Film Festival, Best Estonian film @ PÖFF | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2017, Best Film / Best DOP / Best Actor / Best Actress and Best Production Design @ the Film Critics Union in Estonia and the Cultural Endowment awards 2018, Best Original Screenplay / Best Editing / Best Foreign Film @ New Mexico Film Critics’ Association, “Spotlight Award” @ the American Society of Cinematographers Awards, Jury’s Special Mention and Best Cinematography @ Fantasporto Fantasy Film Festival Portugal, Best Film / Best Director / Best Actress / Best Cinematographer / Best Music / Best Production Design / Best Sound design / Best Costume design @ Estonian Film & TV Awards 2018 in Tallinn, Best Film @ goEast Film Festival Wiesbaden Germany, Prix Luna @ Festival l’Europe autor de l’Europe.