Estonia’s official entry to the 90th Academy Awards, November, is coming to select theatres beginning February 23. Directed by Rainer Sarnet November is a dark fairy tale for horror fans of the Grimm-est variety. Winner of Best Cinematography at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, the film explores love, loss, and deals with the devil. Set against a gorgeously haunted country side, and shot entirely in black and white, November is a beautiful and tragic fable of werewolves, witches, and ghosts.
November is adapted from Andrus Kivirähk’s best selling novel Rehepapp. We we fortunate enough to see the film at last year’s Fantastia Film Festival, after it played to a sold-out audience for it’s Canadian Premiere. The film left such an impression on us that both KimmiKillZombie and myself included November in our Top 10 Films of 2017 lists.
In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap.
With alluring black and white cinematography, director Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist – but is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?
November opens in New York City February 23, and Los Angeles March 2, 2018. Presented by Oscilloscope Laboratories, November is adapted and directed by Rainer Sarnet. The film stars Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Dieter Laser, and Taavi Eelmaa.
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