SUN—April 5—3 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
165 minutes. In Estonian with English subtitles.
**Director Tanel Toom will hold a Q&A after the film.**
Based on the five-volume book series by A.H. Tammsaare, Truth and Justice follows the young and hopeful Andres in late 19th-century Estonia, as he arrives with his wife and his wife Krõõt to establish a new life on a farm bought on loan, Robber’s Rise. Initially ambitious about their plans to transform the desolate and neglected land and raise an heir, Andres and Krõõt are beset by challenges: nature refuses to bend in their direction; an uncooperative neighbor becomes a vicious rival; and Krõõt gives birth to daughters instead of sons.
As Andres struggles to find the right way across a series of misfortunes, the dream of nurturing a prosperous farm on Robber’s Rise turns into an obsession. And in his desperate search for truth and justice — from the court, to the tavern, to the Bible — he may end up sacrificing more than he had ever planned.
This year’s Estonian selection for the best international feature film Oscar category, Truth and Justice is a sweeping epic about an uncompromising man whose exacting vision becomes his downfall.
Director Tanel Toom will present a Q&A following the film.
“A handsome family saga painted on a grand historical canvas.”—The Hollywood Reporter
About the Director
Tanel Toom is an Oscar-nominated director with more than a decade of directing experience. Born in Estonia, Tanel trained at Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School (BA in Directing, 2005) and at the National Film & TV School in the UK (MA in Directing Fiction, 2010).His films have screened at over 35 international festivals and have won many awards. His short film The Confession was nominated for an Oscar at the 83rd Academy Awards. His first feature, an Estonian period drama Truth and Justice, broke all the viewing and box office records and quickly became the most-watched film in Estonia.
Tanel has been a guest lecturer at Westminster University and Metropolitan Film School in London (UK), University of Beira Interior in Covilhã (Portugal), Baltic Film and Media School and The Drama School of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn (Estonia). He has also studied directing actors under renowned Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck and is one of the officially certified Chubbuck Technique teachers for actors and directors.
Currently, he is in preproduction with his second feature Gateway.