TALLINN: Kadri Kõusaar’s Mother will be Estonia‘s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. The film was selected by a selection committee gathered by the Estonian Film Institute.
The selection committee included distributor Lauri Kaare, film critic Tõnu Karjatse, cinematographer Mait Mäekivi, set designer Mare Raidma, producer Riina Sildos and the head of Estonian Film Institute Edith Sepp.
Inspired by the radio series Coma by Irish filmmaker Kevin McCann, Kadri Kõusaar’s darkly comic thriller centres on a woman whose adult son is in a coma after a shooting. The woman, played by Tiina Mälberg, must face the locals of the small town in which they live, who try to solve the mystery of what happened. Leana Jalukse wrote the script.
The film was produced by Aet Laigu through Meteoriit. It was released domestically in January 2016 and had its international premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The US sales agent for the film is Andrew Herwitz from The Film Sales Company.