Estonian court upholds ban on Magnus

By FNE Staff

    Magnus, the feature film debut from Estonian writer/director Kadri Kõusaar, has had its worldwide ban through 2025 upheld. The film was the first Estonian film selected for presentation in the official programme at the Cannes film festival.

    A Tallinn District Court ruling on April 27, 2010, prohibited publishing or distributing the film in any format. The new ruling upheld that ban.

    Magnus is the story of a teenager who wants to commit suicide, whose father tries to talk him out of it. In the court case, the lawyer arguing for the ban said the film grossly violated the privacy of the client. The film was coproduced by Estonian company Vitamin K Film (www.kfilm.ee) and Donus Films Limited of England.