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Veiko Õunpuu’s The Last Ones wins big at the Estonian Film and Television Awards

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- Young Colombian director Carlos Lesmes’ documentary A Loss of Something Ever Felt has scooped the Awards for Best Documentary and Best Editing

Veiko Õunpuu’s The Last Ones wins big at the Estonian Film and Television Awards
The Last Ones director Veiko Õunpuu during the awards ceremony (© Siim Lõvi/ERR)

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.

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This year, the event saw the triumph of Veiko Õunpuu’s The Last Ones [+see also:
film review
trailer
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 review
trailer
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:
film review
interview: Rasmus Merivoo
film profile
]
; Lauri Randla, who penned the screenplay for Goodbye Soviet Union [+see also:
film review
trailer
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 Fiction Film
The Last Ones [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Veiko Õunpuu
film profile
]
– Veiko Õunpuu (Estonia/Finland/Netherlands)

Best Documentary Film
A Loss of Something Ever Felt [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Carlos Lesmes (Estonia/Colombia/Sweden)

Best Animated Film
The Stork Morten Tšinakov, Lucija Mrzljak

Best Short Film
Kilpkonn ja jänes Ülo Pikkov

Best Actress
Mari Lill – Kratt [+see also:
film review
interview: Rasmus Merivoo
film profile
]

Best Actor
Tommi Korpela – The Last Ones

Best Director
Veiko Õunpuu – The Last Ones

Best Screenplay
Lauri Randla – Goodbye Soviet Union [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lauri Randla
film profile
]
(Estonia/Finland)

Best Cinematography
Sten-Johan Lill – The Last Ones

Best Composer
Timo Steiner Ülo Sooster. The Man Who Dried a Towel in the Wind

Best Production Design
Eugen Tamberg – On the Water [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Peeter Simm
film profile
]

Best Sound
Külli Tüli, Fred Jüssi, Henri Kuus, Horret Kuus – Fred Jüssi. The Beauty of Being

Best Editing
Hendrik Mägar – A Loss of Something Ever Felt

Best Costumes
Liis Plato – Rain [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

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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