Based on one of the longest running plays in Estonian theatre, “Eesti matus“ by Andrus Kivirähk, “Estonian Funeral” is a comedy full of hilarious characters and unexpected situations where Estonian national-conservative view of the world clashes with more liberal European values of the younger generation.
Andres, a young man who sells retirement insurances in shopping centres, meets a dark-skinned girl and falls in love.Lee, the newfound girl of his dreams called, is an open-minded world traveler who does not understand the „workaholism“ of Estonians nor the need to own land at all costs. With naive dreams, the young lovers want to go travel the world in search of happiness, but they have to take an unexpected small detour first. Andres has to go to his grandfather’s funeral and unsuspectingly takes Lee with him.
At the funeral, a colorful company of friends, family and neighbours have gathered and, as it is characteristic for Estonians, the sad event turns into a row of comic incidents and hot-tempered altercations. Fundamental questions come up, unavoidably. Who has worked the hardest? Who is more of an Estonian, the ones living in the city or the ones slaving away in the fields? Whose ancestors suffered more under the Soviet rules?
As things escalate, fueled by loads of vodka, the strange circus creates an insurmountable gap between the young lovers.
Cast: Sandra Ashilevi, Markus Habakukk, Jan Uuspõld, Hilje Murel,Merle Palmiste,Ago Anderson,Tambet Tuisk,Anna Sergejeva,Peeter Oja
This film is co-produced by Taska Film, Apollo Film Productions and Filmivabrik.
The film is sponsored by Elisa and Kanal 2