Red Quicksilver (Punane elavhõbe) is the first Estonian-shot feature by Andres Puustusmaa who directed two features in Russia (notably 1814) and has now returned to his native country.
The film is based on a best-selling novel by Andres Anvelt, former head of Estonia's criminal police turned writer. It is alleged to be based on real-life events and persons in the local criminal world and law-enforcement.
The film recounts a story ot the Estonian underworld and the law of the early 1990's, a troubled time around the collapse of the Soviet Union. The three protagonists include a young police officer, possibly modelled on the book's author, his ferocious boss (also drawn from life) and a criminal just released from prison. The film is conceived as a genre thriller, a relative rarity in Estonia's cinema.
Red Quicksilver is produced by Kris Taska of Taska Producions (Names in Marble, Mat the Cat, Golden beach, Set point, Mindless) and co-produced by Russia-based Jusup Bakhshiev of Arnold&Gregor Productions, best-know for the Russian Antikiller sequels.
The reported budget of the film is 810,000 EUR.
Planned release date: 1 March 2010
Original title: Punane elavhõbe
Director: Andres Puustusmaa
Script: Andres Anvelt
DoP: Mait Mäekivi
Art design: Ervin Seppel
Production Manager: Erika Laansalu
Co-producer: Jusup Bakhshiev, Arnold&Gregor Productions, Russia
Producer Kris Taska, Taska productions, Estonia
Juhan Ulfsak, Peeter Oja, Märt Avandi, Mait Malmsten, Taavi Teplenkov, Inga Salurand, Ilja Nartov, Lembit Ulfsak, Epp Eespäev, Kirill Käro, Egon Nuter, Aleksandr Baširov, Sergei Barkovski.
Planned length: 100 min