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The Arbiter (2013)

Original title: The Arbiter

Feature film | Thriller Duration 103:17

The Arbiter

John (35) is a bright Cambridge scientist, who always comes across as a pleasant fellow. When his fiancee leaves him, he withdraws from his world of academic isolation in order to try out some of his long-gestating theories on how to make the world a better place. On his journey through the English countryside, John is accompanied by his 14-year-old donor child – Ronja, whom he tries to convert to the same radical ideas that he believes in. Social engineering. Cleansing. Murder. All justifiable in the mind of a modern day European Psycho.

Director: Kadri Kõusaar

Keywords: abortion | antihero | hijacking a bus | demented old people | donor father | donor child | child with Down syndrome | ethical problems | life and death | former lover | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Meteoriit, Anagram Produktion (Sweden)
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Thriller
Text / Dialogue English, Swedish
Subtitles Estonian, Russian
Duration 103:17


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Producer Aet Laigu
Co-producer Jessica Ask | Charlotte Most
Director Kadri Kõusaar
Screenwriter Kadri Kõusaar
Cinematographer Jean-Noël Mustonen
Production Desinger Liisi Eelmaa | Minna Hint | Julia Mishchenko | Jane Paadimeister
Costume Designer Liisi Eelmaa
Composer BJ Nilsen
Editor Tambet Tasuja


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Paul Bown - Peter | Jenny Lee - Lisa | Ivy Thompson - Grandmother | Patrick Brennan - Ray | Anthony Flanagan - Mickey | Mari Abel - Judge | Rita Raave - Judge | Taavi Eelmaa - Judge | Jatinder Chera - Moussa

First releases

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  • in cinema: 14.03.2013, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czechia), 2013, Programme: East of the West
  • Participation, European Film Festival (Palić, Serbia), 2013, Programme: Parallels & Encounters
  • Participation, Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy (Finland), 2013, Programme: Hello, Estonia!

Partners and Sponsors

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