Veiko Õunpuu

  • Veiko Õunpuu – Viimeiset (2020)

    2011-2020DocumentaryDramaFinlandVeiko Õunpuu

    Tradition versus industrialism.
    The world of The Last Ones is set in a small mining village, in the Lapland tundra, filled with tensions between local reindeer herders and miners.
    The struggling mine owner, nicknamed The Fisherman, supplies his workers with drugs so they’ll forget a tough existence. The nearby small community of reindeer breeders also struggles.
    This critique of capitalism unfolds against a Western like landscape, as the film raises questions about the use and worth of the Arctic lands. The story also tackles romantic conflicts and northern melancholy with a touch of dark humor.
    According to director Õunpuu, The Last Ones aims to depict an image of the current state of the world.Read More »

  • Veiko Õunpuu – Püha Tõnu kiusamine AKA The Temptation of St. Tony (2009)

    2001-2010DramaEstoniaMysteryVeiko Õunpuu


    There’s no better cinematic praise than to be evocative of Béla Tarr’s tour de force Werckmeister Harmonies. And The Temptation of St. Tony is just that. Veiko Õunpuu has weaved an existential rumination on Eastern European temporality, where work is waiting and waiting is work, and a visually stunning critique of the exacerbation of difference that post-communist times have to offer. A nouveau riche class fascinated by its newly imported sense of sophistication and superiority is so in love with itself that getting a glimpse of the lower classes is as unbearable as staring at Medusa right in the eye.Read More »

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