30.09. - 09.10.2021

Mother Estonia 2016 | 89 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2016

Kadri Kousaar

Kadri Kõusaar (*1980) has won several awards for her work as a writer and her film Magnus (2007) opened the series UnCertain Regard at Cannes. Mother is her third feature film.

rated for 0 + years
A small town in Estonia after the fall of the Soviet Union: the teacher Laurihas been gunned down in unexplained circumstances and has been in a coma eversince. His mother cares for him lovingly and receives the visitors who come inlarge numbers to gather round his bed. Friends, pupils, his girlfriend, theschool director – they all keep Lauri up to date about their lives withoutsparing him personal details or confessions. And while the police continue toinvestigate the case and collect evidence, some of Lauri's closest contactsfall under suspicion. Sophisticated and with a certain laconic quality, thefilm spins an ever-tighter web of potential motives for the protagonists.
Original title: Ema
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Estonian
Section: Kaleidoscope
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Kadri Kousaar
Screenplay: Leana Jalukse, Al Wallcat
Cast: Tiina Mälberg, Andres Tabun, Andres Noormets, Siim Maaten, Jaan Pehk, Jaak Prints, Rea Lest
Producer: Aet Laigu
Director of Photography: Jean-Noël Mustonen
Music: Jaan Pehk (theme song Butterfly)
Production Design: Minna Hint
Editor: Tambet Tasuja
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
Printsource: Estonian Film Institute
German Distributor:
World Sales: The Film Sales Company (Andrew Herwitz:, Lucas Verga:
Production: Meteoriit
Contact: Martina Tramberg, Estonian Film Institute:


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