Priit Pääsuke’s second feature Kids of the Night enters production
by Davide Abbatescianni
- The Estonian helmer’s new film is a coming-of-age comedy starring Grete Konksi, Piret Krumm and Alice Siil in the leading roles
Priit Pääsuke made his debut behind the camera in 2017 as the director of drama The End of The Chain [+see also:
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Pääsuke’s coming-of-age comedy, penned by Ewert Kiwi and Mart Raun (who will also serve as DoP), revolves around the story of three sisters, who have each reached a different breaking point in their lives. Liis (Grete Konksi) has just graduated from high school and finds out that her planned future with her boyfriend may not be as certain as she thought; her older sister Karin (Piret Krumm), the first victim on their parents’ expectations, is trying to survive in a modern sexist business environment; while the youngest of the three, teenager Jane (Alice Siil) is trying to stand up to her party-loving friend’s pressure to be someone she is not. One fateful night will reveal all secrets and feelings the three have never dared to admit.
Other confirmed cast members include Mart Müürisepp, Kristjan Lüüs, Alo Kõrve, Liis Lemsalu, Peeter Oja, Laine Mägi, Argo Aadli, Lauri Pedaja, Ott Lepland, Juss Haasma as well as emerging talents Jaune Kimmel, Liisa Saaremäel and Amanda Hermiine Künnapas. Moreover, Kadri Kuusler will be in charge of the film’s production design and Gerly Tinn will take care of the costumes.
Speaking about the film’s cast and crew, producer Marianne Ostrat said: “What makes me especially happy about Kids of the Night is that, organically, half of the cast and crew are women. I hope Kids of the Night will be a fun and empowering cinema experience, especially to teenage female audiences.”
Meanwhile, Pääsuke told Cineuropa: “This is a film made by young people for young people, where, in addition to a cast of well-known actors, we'll see the debut of several new talents. We expect to create a humorous and energetic story that is thought-provoking.”
Kids of the Night is being produced by Tallinn-based outfit Alexandra Film and will be distributed by local distribution firm ACME Film. Pääsuke’s feature has received support from the Estonian Film Institute, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, High Voltage, Luxfilm, Digital Sputnik, 1 Agentuur, Tallinn University’s Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School; nightclub HALL, Valge Klaar, Jungent, Kopli Couture, X-rent, Wolt, Naked Cinema, Pro Beauté OÜ and Davines.
The film participated in the Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2018 under the working title After Hours and will be released in 2020.
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