“For me, Taarka is not so much a story about a singer of one small nation, but a story about a conflict between an individual and a community, and choices that derive from that,” said Mäets. The first film in the Seto language was released in Estonia mid-July and has sold some 8,000 admissions in four weeks from three screens.
One of Estonia’s most established production houses, Exit Film is run by producer/director Peeter Urbla (Shop of Dreams [trailer]) and Ahven. The company was minority co-producer on Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää’s dark thriller The Visitor. The Venice Days 2008 title (see news) was produced by Helsinki Filmi (Finland) in co-production with Propeller Film (Germany) and Blue Light (UK).
Other films in development or production include a musical documentary about well-known contemporary music composer Erkki-Sven Tüür and a new romantic comedy by Rainer Sarnet (Where Souls Go).