Estonian director Ilmar Raag’s “Kertu” among 50 best European films

Estonian film director and producer Ilmar Raag’s movie “Kertu” has been selected as one of the 50 best films this year, recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards, the so-called European Oscars.

During a press conference in the Latvian capital of Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014, where this year’s 27th European Film Awards will take place, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the titles of the 50 films on this year’s selection list, the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards.

According to the academy, with 31 European countries represented, the list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.

“The selected films also cover a wide range of genres and themes from comedies to family drama, political satires and historical epics, from thrillers to literature and theatre adaptations,” the academy says.

Raag’s “Kertu” is the only film on the list from the Baltic states. The movie is about a village drunkard who falls in love with a girl named Kertu, but the village community doesn’t approve of the relationship.

It was the most watched movie in Estonia in 2013.


Cover photo: Screenshot from “Kertu”.

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