VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

SÜGISBALL

V' 07

SÜGISBALL

AUTUMN BALL

Veiko Õunpuu
Estland, 2007
Fiction, 123min, OmeU

SÜGISBALL

Veiko Õunpuu
Estland, 2007
Fiction, 123min, OmeU

Cast: 
Rain Tolk
Mati
Taavi Eelmaa
Theo
Sulevi Peltola
Augusti Kaski
Tiina Tauraite
Ulvi
Juhan Ulfsak
Maurer
Maarja Jakobson
Laura
Mirtel Pohla
Jaana
Screenplay: 
Veiko Õunpuu
Sound: 
Janne Laine
Camera: 
Mart Taniel
Editor: 
Veiko Õunpuu
Composer: 
Ülo Krigul
Decoration: 
Ain Nurmela
Costume: 
Helen Ehandi

Production: 
Kuukulgur Film Homeless Bob Production Kenntmanni 20a-26 Tallinn 10116, Estland T 56 677 855 kissa@kuukulgur.ee
World Sales: 
Kuukulgur Film Homeless Bob Production Kenntmanni 20a-26 Tallinn 10116, Estland T 56 677 855 kissa@kuukulgur.ee
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Autumn Ball is a new Estonian film that talks about six inhabitants of Soviet-era tower blocks whose lives touch together, and who are all united by a feeling of loneliness. The young writer, Mati, lurks outside the window of his ex-wife and unsuccessfully approaches other women. August Kask is a bachelor-barber living a drab life who takes to a little girl, but his approaches are misconstrued as pedophilia. The single mom, Laura, watches a sappy soap opera on TV and pushes away men's advances because she cannot trust them. Maurer, the architect, thinks about the wellbeing of humanity, but has forgotten his own wife, who, in turn, looks for solace in the coatroom attendant Theo. Women like Theo, but due to his low social status, they don't take him seriously.
Autumn Ball tells a tale of human seclusion and the incapability to reach others. But you also find humor and the absurd, and the properly attuned viewer might even find himself laughing out loud. If I were to define the film, I would say that Autumn Ball is a pitch black comedy about loneliness, despair and hope. (Veiko Õunpuu)