Veiko Õunpuu’s The Last Ones wins big at the Estonian Film and Television Awards
- Young Colombian director Carlos Lesmes’ documentary A Loss of Something Ever Felt has scooped the Awards for Best Documentary and Best Editing
On 17 September, during a special gala ceremony held in Tallinn, the winners of the Estonian Film and Television Awards (EFTAs) were announced. The accolades, established in 2017, aim to honour the achievements of national cinema and television, and are organised by the Estonian Film Institute, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, national pubcaster ERR, Elisa and Telia.
This year, the event saw the triumph of Veiko Õunpuu’s The Last Ones [+see also:
interview: Veiko Õunpuu
film profile], the winner of four accolades (Best Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography). An Estonian-Dutch-Finnish co-production, the drama is set in a Lappish village and follows Rupi, a tough, young miner who is quietly in love with his friend’s wife, Riita.
It was also a great night for young Colombian director Carlos Lesmes. An alumnus of Tallinn’s Baltic Film and Media School, with his documentary A Loss of Something Ever Felt [+see also:
film profile], he managed to scoop two prestigious prizes: Best Documentary Film and Best Editing. The movie, which world-premiered at Hot Docs last year, has been described as an “emotional journey through tangled family relationships, sibling obligation, a mother’s despair and love mixed in with the turbulent political winds blowing through Colombia today”.
Other gongs went to Mari Lill, who was crowned with the Best Actress Award for the bloody family film Kratt [+see also:
interview: Rasmus Merivoo
film profile]; Lauri Randla, who penned the screenplay for Goodbye Soviet Union [+see also:
interview: Lauri Randla
film profile] (which he also directed); and The Stork by Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrzljak, which came out on top in the Best Animated Film category.
Here is the list of the main award winners:
Best Animated Film
The Stork – Morten Tšinakov, Lucija Mrzljak
Best Short Film
Kilpkonn ja jänes – Ülo Pikkov
Tommi Korpela – The Last Ones
Veiko Õunpuu – The Last Ones
Sten-Johan Lill – The Last Ones
Timo Steiner – Ülo Sooster. The Man Who Dried a Towel in the Wind
Külli Tüli, Fred Jüssi, Henri Kuus, Horret Kuus – Fred Jüssi. The Beauty of Being
Hendrik Mägar – A Loss of Something Ever Felt
Filmmaker of the Year
Kaire Hendrikson (make-up artist)
Best TV Series
EnsV – Marko Piirsoo
Best TV Actress
Epp Eespäev – Valguses ja varjus
Best TV Actor
Kaspar Velberg – Tulejoonel
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