Films

November

November

Synopsis

Director

Set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam, Rainer Sarnet’s feature film is a bold, twisted fairy tale about unrequited love. „November“ is based on Estonian author Andrus Kivirähk’s bestselling cult novel, „Rehepapp“.

„November“ is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and the 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, from spirits, the devil, and from Christ. They are willing to give away their souls to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts, who help their masters whose soul they purchased steal even more.

Young Liina (Rea Lest) is hopelessly in love with Hans (Jörgen Liik), a nearby farm-hand, whose heart she loses to the daughter of the German manor lord. In order to regain his love, Liina turns to any means necessary, even if that means tapping into the black magic that is circling around the village.
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.

Rainer Sarnet

(b. 1969) is a film and stage director, film critic, and creator of photo comics for newspapers. He has made several shorts and in 2007 debuted in features with „Where Souls Go“. „The Idiot“ came four years later, inspired by the Dostoyevsky novel. The film had its world premiere at the Busan IFF and subsequently toured the festival circuit (Best Cinematography at the PÖFF). „November“ is his fourth feature film, based on the novel by Andrus Kivirähk Rehepapp.

Filmography

  • Libarebased ja kooljad (1998, co-dir)
  • Libahundi needus (2005, TV)
  • Kuhu põgenevad hinged (Where the Souls Go, PÖFF 2007)
  • Idioot (The Idiot, PÖFF 2011)
  • November (2017)

Schedule

23.11.2017
18:00 - 20:15
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 070201
Guests (6)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Rainer Sarnet, Crew Mart Taniel, Producer Katrin Kissa, Cast Jörgen Liik, Crew Jaagup Roomet, Crew Salme-Riine Uibo
25.11.2017
14:30 - 16:25
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 091302
Guests (3)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Cast Rea Lest, Cast Jörgen Liik, Producer Katrin Kissa
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Estonian Film Competition

Film info

Countries: Estonia, Netherlands, Poland
Year: 2017
Duration: 115 minutes
Languages: Estonian, German
Director: Rainer Sarnet
Producer: Katrin Kissa
Writer: Rainer Sarnet
DOP: Mart Taniel
Montage: Jaroslaw Kaminski
Composer: Jacaszek
Cast: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt, Taavi Eelmaa
Production: Homeless Bob Production
Festivals: Tribeca (Jury Award), Shanghai, Karlovy Vary, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

Set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam, Rainer Sarnet’s feature film is a bold, twisted fairy tale about unrequited love. „November“ is based on Estonian author Andrus Kivirähk’s bestselling cult novel, „Rehepapp“.

„November“ is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and the 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, from spirits, the devil, and from Christ. They are willing to give away their souls to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts, who help their masters whose soul they purchased steal even more.

Young Liina (Rea Lest) is hopelessly in love with Hans (Jörgen Liik), a nearby farm-hand, whose heart she loses to the daughter of the German manor lord. In order to regain his love, Liina turns to any means necessary, even if that means tapping into the black magic that is circling around the village.
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.

Rainer Sarnet

(b. 1969) is a film and stage director, film critic, and creator of photo comics for newspapers. He has made several shorts and in 2007 debuted in features with „Where Souls Go“. „The Idiot“ came four years later, inspired by the Dostoyevsky novel. The film had its world premiere at the Busan IFF and subsequently toured the festival circuit (Best Cinematography at the PÖFF). „November“ is his fourth feature film, based on the novel by Andrus Kivirähk Rehepapp.

Filmography

  • Libarebased ja kooljad (1998, co-dir)
  • Libahundi needus (2005, TV)
  • Kuhu põgenevad hinged (Where the Souls Go, PÖFF 2007)
  • Idioot (The Idiot, PÖFF 2011)
  • November (2017)