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Stairway to Heaven

Country
Estonia
Genre
drama
Project Status
In-Production
Synopsis

Ulf has reached the point in his life where little is left of the future and whether he regrets his past or accepts it, there is no changing the course. Everyday life has become so mundane that it’s difficult to tell one day from the next. Time seems not to exist anymore. When an old friend and a lifelong mentor reveals the secret to time travel on his deathbed, Ulf decides to try it out – and spends ever longer periods in the complicated, but idyllic world of his teenage years.

Directors note

Director:
Mart Kivastik is an Estonian writer, scriptwriter, and film director. After graduating from the University of Tartu in 1989, Kivastik has been working as a freelancer. He has written plays, screenplays, short stories, and novels, also articles on literature, theatre and film.
His first book was published in 1993. The novel Vietnamese Recipe was published in 2012 and was awarded the prize Best Travel Book of the Year. Starting from 1997, Mart’s plays have been staged in various Estonian theatres and abroad.

Film credits as a scriptwriter include full-length films Firewater, Taarka, Vasha, and a number of short films. He has written and directed two feature films – A Friend of Mine (Exitfilm 2011) and When You Least Expect It (Kopli Kinokompanii 2016).

Production company:
Studio Filmivabrik was established in 1998. Filmivabrik has produced 23 documentaries, both experimental as well as more traditional documentaries. Filmivabrik has produced five feature films, TV-shows, short films, and an animated film. The features and documentaries have screened at different film festivals (IDFA, Doc Leipzig, PÖFF etc).
Marju Lepp has worked as a producer at Filmivabrik since 1998. Over the past decade, she has produced 21 documentaries and five feature films, the latest among them On The Water (feature, 2020) and The Best of Salieri (documentary, 2021).

Original title
Taevatrepp
Budget
900000 €
Financed
900000 €
Looking for
distributors, sales agents, festival, post-production services
Episode duration
90
Director
Mart Kivastik
Screenwriter
Mart Kivastik
Cast
Mait Malmsten
Producer
Marju Lepp, Manfred Vainokivi
Cinematographer
Rein Kotov
Production
Filmivabrik
Contact name
Marju Lepp
Contact email
marju@filmivabrik.ee
Contact web
www.filmivabrik.ee
Contact address
Kunderi 8a, 10121 Tallinn, Estonia