PRODUCTION: Letters to Ingel in production

By Martin Aadamsoo

    Art-house director Sulev Keedus is in production with his long awaited third feature, Letters to Ingel written in tandem with script partner, Estoniam literary savant Madis Kõiv.

    The pair's previously co-scripted films include Somnambulance (2003) and Georgica (1998) which received the FIPRESCI award at the Stockholm Film Festival.

    Shot mostly in Estonia, Letters to Ingel tells the story of Jeremia Juunas Kirotaja, a converted Muslim and Soviet Army deserter who was declared lost in action during the Soviet Union's Afghan War of the 80's. Kirotaja, on his way to attend his father's funeral back in Estonia, stops in a small-town stop where he is drawn into a chain of events beyond his control.

    Produced by Kaie-Ene Rääk of F-Seitse, the film is budgeted at a reported 817,000 EUR, a mid-range cost for an Estonian feature, and is the production company's third feature. Keedus' two previous films were successful with art-house audience and on the festival circuit but failed to pick up signifant admissions. Letters to Ingel has a creative team that is largely identical to the previous two films.

    Planned release date: Autumn 2010

    Length: 110 min



    Original title: Kirjad Inglile

    Director: Sulev Keedus

    Script: Madis Kõiv, Sulev Keedus

    DoP: Raivo Kotov

    Art department: Toomas Hõrak

    Costume design: Elo Soode

    Editing: Kaie-Ene Rääk

    Original Score: Helena Tulve

    Producer: Kaie-Ene Rääk

    Principal cast:

    Tõnu Oja

    Katariina Lauk-Tamm

    Mirtel Pohla

    Tiina Tauraite

    Rain Simmul

    Elle Kull