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Free Range. Ballad on Approving of the World (2013)

Original title: Free Range. Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest

Ballad on Approving of the World

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Feature film | Drama Duration 99:34

Free Range. Ballad on Approving of the World

Fred is a young writer who instead of living a dull everyday life is indulged in daydreaming. He believes that romantic freedom is possible and the writer's status provides greater liberation in life for him. All of a sudden, Fred is not free any more. His girlfriend is pregnant and he has to take the consequences, adjust himself to the society, and give up the idea of romantic freedom. Fred is a free range man whose freedom is being restricted by society. He is asking himselt whether is is possible to live his life the way he won't suffer later ...

Director: Veiko Õunpuu

Keywords: newspaper's editor-in-chief | newspaper office | young writer | daily life | love | studio parties | bohemian father | bohemian lifestyle | existential issues | living fast | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Homeless Bob Production
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English, Russian, Estonian
Duration 99:34


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Producer Katrin Kissa
Director Veiko Õunpuu
Screenwriter Veiko Õunpuu | Robert Kurvitz
Cinematographer Mart Taniel
Production Desinger Jaagup Roomet
Costume Designer Jaanus Vahtra
Sound Designer Janne Laine
Editor Liis Nimik


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Laura Peterson - Traitor to the Fatherland | Peeter Volkonski - Fred´s father | Roman Baskin - Susanna´s father | Rita Raave - Susanna´s mother | Meelis Rämmeld - Fred´s boss | Jan Uuspõld - Colleagues | Anne Türnpu - Colleagues | Loore Martma - Student of humanities | Marion Undusk - Student of humanities

First releases

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  • in cinema: 19.09.2013, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on filmfestival: 9.02.2014 International premiere, Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival , Germany
  • on television: 02.01.2015, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2013, The Most Beautiful Film of the Year - to Veiko Õunpuu, Mart Taniel
  • Award, goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film (Wiesbaden, Germany), 2014, International Film Critic’s Award (FIPRESCI-Prize)
  • Prize, Europe Around Europe Film Festival (Paris, France), 2014, Competition programme, Special Mention

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm