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The Shadow

Country
Estonia
Language
Estonian
Genre
Crime, History
Synopsis

Juhan Liiv, a struggling poet and an unlikely detective, solves frightening murder cases in Estonia, the “wild west” of the Russian Empire in 1890s. Investigations take him to miserable dwellings of the local peasants, luxurious castles of the land-owning nobility, steam-powered cities full of Tsar’s secret agents and to the depths of ancient forests where witchcraft is still practiced. Fighting crime and his own inner demons, the detective is torn between madness and sanity, darkness and light.

Directors note

Jaak Kilmi (1973) studied film in Tallinn University. He has (co-)directed and produced a number of successful short films, documentary films, and four feature films. His films have been awarded internationally and have enjoyed successful theater runs.

Arbo Tammiksaar (1971) studied biology in University of Tartu, ceramics in Estonian Academy of Arts and film in Tallinn University. Arbo has directed and co-produced several experimental documentaries, feature films, and TV-series.

Production company and producer:
Kristian Taska and his company Taska Films have made half of Estonia’s TOP 10 feature films of recent years. WW2 drama 1944 was the Estonian entry for the Academy Awards (2015). Currently, 8 feature films are in production.

Tanel Tatter, Veiko Esken and their Apollo Film Productions are a part of Apollo Group, the leading social entertainment group in Baltic States.

Tuuli Roosma and her company Reede have produced more than 3000 hours of primetime TV-content for all Estonian broadcasters.

Original title
Vari
Budget
1420294 €
Financed
970000 €
Looking for
financing
Number of seasons
1
Number of episodes
6
Episode duration
45
Apollo TV (VODI), Kanal 2 (TV)
Director
Jaak Kilmi, Arbo Tammiksaar
Screenwriter
Indrek Hargla
Producer
Kristian Taska, Tanel Tatter, Veiko Esken, Tuuli Roosma
Production
Taska Film, Apollo Film Productions, Reede
Contact name
Taska Film
Contact email
film@taska.ee
Contact web
https://www.taska.ee/
Contact address
Tartu mnt 18-51, Tallinn, 10115, Estonia
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.

Producer
Kristian Taska

Kristian Taska has produced more than 20 feature films, including half of top 10 Estonia’s box office hits. Prior to Taska Film, he was a manager of Estonia’s first private TV channel Kanal 2 and of Estonian State Drama Theatre.

Producer
Veiko Esken

Tanel Tatter and Veiko Esken (Apollo Film Productions) have wide experience in both film and theatre production. Their latest filmography include Winter and The Old Man Cartoon Movie.

Producer
Tanel Tatter

Tanel Tatter and Veiko Esken (Apollo Film Productions) have wide experience in both film and theatre production. Their latest filmography include Winter and The Old Man Cartoon Movie.

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