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Zagreb Film Festival
19 - 25 October 2008

SC - Savska 25
10000 Zagreb

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The Class / Klass
Estonia , 2007

Directed by: Ilmar Raag
Script: Ilmar Raag
Producer: Riina Sildos
Production company: Amrion
Cinematography: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi
Editing: Tambet Tuisk
Music: Timo Steiner, Paul Oja, Pärt Uusbeerg, Martin “Eskimo” Kallasvee
Cast: Vallo Kirs, Pärt Uusberg, Paula Solvak, Margus Prangel, Tiina Rebane, Marje Metsur, Merle Jääger, Leila Säälik, Lauri Pedaja

Format: boja, color, 35mm
Running time: 97'

Introvert Joosep is the butt of crude jokes from his classmates who are irritated by his taciturn nature. The only support he has comes from Kaspar, whom he sits next to in class. Anders, the leader of a gang, steps up his behaviour towards both boys, taking things beyond the limits of human dignity. After a particularly repulsive incident, Joosep and Kaspar decide it’s time to take action. Things will never be the same again… The film is divided into seven chapters and takes place in an anonymous Estonian secondary school. This isn’t a sociological probe into the theme of adolescent bullying which might turn violently against the perpetrators, but more a universal reflection on the darker sides of the human soul, often hidden beneath an attractive exterior, ready to provoke an unexpected reaction under excess pressure. The acting performances of the leads, in particular, give the story – a linear progression where silly pranks develop into a tragic outcome – a highly credible dimension.

2007 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - East of West Award - Special Mention, Label Europa Cinemas 2007 Warsaw International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize, Special Jury Award

Directors Biography
Ilmar Raag is born 1968 at Kuressaare, he'i an Estonian media executive, screenwriter and film director, best known for his socio-critical film The Class. He has served as CEO of Estonian National Television (Eesti Televisioon) from 2002 to 2005. He is well known columnist in many prestigious Estonian newspapers (Postimees, Eesti Päevaleht). In recent years he has written many scripts and directed critically acclaimed films, notably August 1991 and The Class.

Location and screening schedule:
matinee: SC Cinema, Friday, October 24th at 11.00
premiere: SC Cinema, Friday, October 24th at 22.30
reprisal: EUROPA Cinema, Saturday, October 25th at 16.00

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