Eureka acquire rights to the twisted Estonian fairy tale NOVEMBER
Eureka have recently reveal that they have acquired home video and theatrical rights to November a bold, twisted fairy tale about unrequited love, the third feature film from Estonian director Rainer Sarnet based on Estonian author Andrus Kivirahk’s best-selling cult novel, Rehepapp.
In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap. With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul? Check out the trailer here
In his 48 years of existence, Rainer Sarnet has directed five films, lived with three women, accumulated about ten friends, passionately loved Fassbinder and directed theatre plays by Przybyszewski, Gorky, and Jelinek. He mostly writes his own scripts but usually bases them on literary classics. He is captivated by the different facets of the human soul. This was evident in his screen adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot (2011). Following in Dostoyevsky’s footsteps, Sarnet believes one must focus on that which upholds man and culture so that they do not become devalued and start placing value in the banal.
The World Premiere of November took place at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival where it was awarded Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature. November was also Estonia’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Academy Awards.
November will screen at the GFT as part of Estonia Now (a city-wide festival of visual art, film, contemporary dance and performance) on 14 November and other UK festivals (listed below) later this year, ahead of a home video release as part of Eureka’s Montage Pictures range of exciting new world cinema titles, in 2019.
Leeds, Vue Leeds (Leeds International Film Festival), 3 November 2018 Book Now
Leeds, Vue Leeds (Leeds International Film Festival), 7 November 2018 Book Now
Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) (Estonia Now!), 14 November 2018 Book Now
Brighton, Dukes at Komedia (Cine-City), 19 November 2018 Book Now