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Pretenders (2016)

Original title: Teesklejad

Feature film | Drama | Suhtedraama Duration 102:00

Intent on repairing a rift in their relationship, Anna and Juhan retreat to a seaside house lent to them by well-heeled friends.  After witnessing an accident on rocky shore, they take in a wounded woman and her husband – a couple they find they have a lot in common with. Anna and Juhan begin to pretend they own the house, engaging their guests in a game of domination that propels their relationship to the brink of destruction.

Director: Vallo Toomla

Keywords: alcoholic | cowardliness | analyzing life | meaninglessness of life | perspectives of life | fear | neophobia | fear of being alone | feeling fear | getting rid of fear | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Amrion
Film Category Feature film, Full lenght feature
Genre Drama, Suhtedraama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Duration 102:00


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Producer Riina Sildos
Co-producer Uljana Kim | Roberts Vinovskis
Director Vallo Toomla
Screenwriter Livia Ulman | Andris Feldmanis
Cinematographer Erik Põllumaa
Art Director Eva-Maria Gramakovski
Costume Designer Kristiina Ago
Composer Kārlis Auzāns
Sound Designer Vladimir Golovnitski
Editor Danielius Kokanauskis

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 19.09.2016, San Sebastian International Film Festival , Spain
  • in cinema: 6.10.2016, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 26.12.2017, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2016, Feature Film of the Year: Vallo Toomla, Erik Põllumaa
  • Award, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2017, Best Screenwriter
  • Award, Baltic Debuts Film Festival (Svetlogorsk, Russia), 2017, Best Film

Partners and Sponsors

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