The Sleeping Beast

Local title
Tagurpidi torn
Director
Jaak Kilmi
Country
Estonia
Year
2022
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
HÕFF’s Estonian Genre Film Competition
Genre
family, adventure
Subject
harrassment, children, self-determination, childhood

Thriller “The Sleeping Beast” tells the story of a group of children spending their summer in a sleepy hamlet, where their only entertainment is simply hanging around and climbing in an abandoned manufacturing facility, until they are forbidden to do that. The gang’s boss Kristjan and his friends Ariel, Loore, Mia-Margot and Siim decide to ignore the ban. This decision changes their lives and friends face a grim confrontation. They need to answer the question – what is right and what is wrong?

Director
Jaak Kilmi
Screenwriter
Aidi Vallik
Cast
Nils Jaagup England, Rebeka Kask, Una Marta Soms, Riho Kütsar, Anti Kobin, Jaanika Arum, Juuli Lill
Producer
Evelin Penttilä
DoP
Elen Lotman
Production
Stellar Film
World sales
ACME
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English, Russian
Director
Jaak Kilmi

Jaak Kilmi has graduated from the Department of Culture of Tallinn Pedagogical University, majoring in directing. He has (co-)directed and produced a string of award-winning short films; a number of documentary films and feature films. His films have received international recognition and have often been broadcasted abroad. Kilmi has acted as a member of the film commission of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Film Board.

Screenings

Suur saal Haapsalu Kultuurikeskus
ScreeningTagurpidi torn
SubtitlesEnglish, Russian
Q&A guestsJaak Kilmi, Nils Jaagup England, Aidi Vallik
Trailer