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Rainer Sarnet


Based on a well-known Estonian bestseller, Rehepapp by Andrus Kivirähk (2000), Rainer Sarnet’s feature film is a fairy tale about unrequited love. In a poor Estonian village, a group of peasants use magic and folk remedies to survive the winter, and a young woman tries to get a young man to love her.


“A gorgeously shot, deeply strange, hugely atmospheric black-and-white trip through a tale of magic and malice in folkloric rural Estonia.” Variety


“the forest is alive with werewolves and the ghosts of the dead, their antics adding a Monty Pythonesque lunacy that amuses and appalls in equal measure.” New York Times



Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt, Taavi Eelmaa


Writers: Andrus Kivirähk (novel), Rainer Sarnet; Composer: Michal Jacaszek; Cinematographer: Mart Taniel; Editor: Jaroslaw Kaminski;


Tallin Black Nights FF, Tribeca FF, Karlovy Vary FF, Chicago FF, Fantasia FF, CPH:PIX, Göteborg FF, Imagine FF, BiFan, Fantasporto

Director's Filmography

- November, 2017

- The Idiot, 2011

- Where Souls Go, 2007

- Tabamata Ime, 2006

- Kass kukub käppadele, 1999

- Libarebased ja kooljad, 1998

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