TALLINN: Pretenders has become the first Estonian film to sell remake rights, with a sale to one of the top French independent distribution and production companies, BAC films. The Estonian/Lithuanian/Latvian coproduction was directed by Vallo Toomla.
Pretenders, produced by Tallinn-based Amrion (Estonia) and co-produced by Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania) and Locomotive Productions (Latvia), premiered internationally at the 2016 San Sebastian Film Festival. The scriptwriters Andris Feldmanis and Livia Ulman also received the Best Screenplay Award at the National Film and Television Awards in Estonia in 2017. The film received co-financing from the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Eurimages, Lithuanian Film Center, Creative Europe and the Estonian Film Institute.
“We had our world premiere in San Sebastian and the film was instantly spotted by BAC Films,” producer Riina Sildos of Amrion told FNE. “I believe the contemporary subject and very interesting human relationships are the two main selling points of the script.”
The remake version of the film is currently in development.
“The project has already received development support from Film Fund Luxembourg. I really hope that we’ll see the new version of Pretenders within three to four years,” added Sildos.
Director: Vallo ToomlaScreenwriters: Andris Feldmanis, Livia UlmanProducers: Riina Sildos, Roberts Vinovskis, Uljana KimCast: Mirtel Pohla, Priit Võigemast, Meelis Rämmeld, Mari AbelDoP: Erik Põllumaa