Feature film (1h 55min). Written & directed by Rainer Sarnet Watch the trailer HERE

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.

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