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The Class

First of all, it’s a story about dignity. There's a misunderstanding in the beginning. A regular guy, KASPAR (16), stands up for the loser of the class, JOOSEP (16). As I said, it was an accident, a mistake, but later, when everybody asks why he did so, Kaspar will not admit that it was a mistake. Instead, he claims his independence from the rule of the most popular guy in the class, ANDERS. This is the beginning of a war where teenagers no longer see where mischievous bullying ends and a crime begins.

Watch trailer here.

Premiere: March 16, 2007
Original title: Klass
Director and scriptwriter: Ilmar Raag
Director of Photography: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi
Art Director: Mari-Ann Gramakovski
Sound: Horret Kuus
Music: Timo Steiner, Paul Oja, Martin "Eskimo" Kallasvee
Editor: Tambet Tasuja
Principal cast: Lauri Pedaja, Vallo Kirs, Pärt Uusberg, Paula Solvak, Margus Prangel
Producer: Riina Sildos
Produced by: Amrion 
Co-producer: Estonian Television
With support from: Estonian Film Foundation, Cultural Endowment of Estonia

97 min / 35mm / 1:1,85 / colour / Dolby SR

Festivals and awards:

Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic – Special Jury Prize, East of the West competition; Europa Cinemas Label Prize
Montreal World FF, Canada
Copenhagen IFF, Denmark
Zurich FF, Switzerland
Flanders IFF, Belgium
Warsaw IFF, Poland – FIPRESCI award; Special Jury Prize, Warsaw competition
Lübeck FF, Germany
New Cinemas Network, Italy
Festival of Film on Wheels, Turkey – Silver Goose Award
Gijon, Spain
Cinedays, Macedonia – Gold Star award for the Best Film
PÖFF, Estonia – Scottish Leader Estonian Film jury: Special Mention
10th Istanbul IFF, Turkey
Palm Springs Festival, USA
Göteborg IFF, Sweden
Jameson Dublin IFF, Ireland
Victoria FF, USA
Sofia IFF, Bulgaria
Cleveland FF, USA
Nordic FF, France – Prix du jeune public Europeen
European Union FF, USA
The Prague IFF 'Febiofest', Czech Republic
Picture Europe!, Spain
East End FF, UK
Estonian Film Days, Estonia
Stockholm IFF Junior, Sweden – Best Film
Keswick FF, England
Rome Independent FF, Italy – Best Film
San Sebastian Human Rights FF, Spain
FiSH 08, Germany
New Europe FF, UK
Shadowline FF, Italy
European Film Showcasing, France
Festroia, Portugal – Special Jury Prize, Silver Dolphin; SIGNIS Jury Special Mention
„Shaken Stars“ Almaty Film Forum, Kazakhstan – feature film competition "Beautiful Youth", Main Award
Brooklyn IFF, USA – Certificate of Outstanding Achievement – Screenplay
Estonian Culture Days, France
Eurocine 27, France
Sydney FF, Australia
Seoul Youth FF, South-Korea
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival, Japan – Best screenplay
Riga IFF Arsenal, Latvia – Best Baltic Film, Audience Award
Love & Anarchy, Finland
Lyon IFF, France
Zagreb FF, Croatia
Batumi FF, Georgia – Best Feature Film
Listapad-2008, Belorussia – Best male actor Vallo Kirs; Best feature
Taipei Golden Horse FF, Taiwan
Leeds International FF, UK
Le festival des 4 ecrans, France – Grand Prix; Youth Jury prize; Ecran d'Argent prize in Ciné-Télé selection
Ale Kino! Poland – Audience award; The Golden Goats for The Best Live action young people
FF „A Film in Your Backpack“, Italy
EU XXL Filmforum and Festival of European Film, Austria
22nd Singapore IFF, Singapore
BARBICAN screenings in Edinburgh and London, UK
Cinema Jove IFF, Spain
„Buster” FF, Denmark
IFF „June Portugal” – Silver Castle competition, Portugal
East-West FF, Azerbaijan
Finnish-Swedish FF EXIT, Finland
HÄÄ FILM, Estonia  Best Film, Best Director, Audience Favourite
EUROfEST, Canada  The Magic Beige Egg for Best Feature Film

National Oscar Nomination 2007
Nominee for The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award 2008