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Dearest Sister (2016)

Original title in Lao: Nong Hak

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Feature film | Supernatural | Horror | Drama Duration 100:00

Dearest Sister

Nok packs her sparse belongings, and after an argument with her fiancé, she boards an overnight bus out of her rural village for the Lao capital of Vientiane. She’s never seen so many people, so much traffic and activity. She’s met at the station by Jakob, the Estonian husband of her distant cousin Ana, who only breaks from an overseas phone call discussing his NGO’s legal problems long enough to confirm that the girl speaks no English. Nok tentatively climbs into the back seat of Jakob’s SUV.

Jakob settles Nok into the guest room of an expansive Western home, and in ...

Director: Mattie Do

Keywords: Asian | alcohol consumption | doctor | bar | Estonian | ethics | mother's death | self-harm | hospital | forsaking | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Lao Art Media (Laos), Sleepy Whippet Films (Laos)
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Supernatural, Horror, Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, English
Subtitles Estonian, English
Duration 100:00


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Tambet Tuisk - Jakob | Manivanh Boulom - The Maid | Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy - The Gardener | Mayouly Chanthalangsy - Mimi | Brandon Hashimoto - Kenji | Naliphone Siviengxay - Ana's Mother | Douangmany Soliphanh - Ana's Father

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 25.09.2016 World Premiere, Fantastic Fest Film Festival, Austin, United States
  • on filmfestival: 10.10.2016 European Premiere, BFI London Film Festival, United Kingdom
  • in cinema: 21.04.2017, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (Spain), 2016, Programme: Focus Asia - Special Jury Mention
  • Award, Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (Sweden), 2016, Programme: Siren Award - Special Jury Mention
  • Participation, Fantastic Fest (Austin, USA), 2016

Partners and Sponsors

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