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Kertu. Love is Blind


After Midsummer's Day Kertu (Ursula Ratasepp) goes missing without a trace. Her family panics as due to her modest and withdrawn nature she is considered a simpleton. After a long search the trembling Kertu is found hiding under the bed of the liquor-loving womanizer Villu (Mait Malmsten). The judgmental villagers chastise Villu and accuse him of taking advantage of the woman. But what had really happened that night? The slowly unravelling truth is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine.

Written and directed by Ilmar Raag the motion picture “Kertu” is an unusual love story that takes place within a tiny village community and depicts hidden relationships of the villagers and one family. The film asks about a person’s right to love and to happiness even if the right to make decisions has been taken away.

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Estonian premiere: 10th of October 2013

Genrer: drama
Scriptwriter: Ilmar Raag
Director: Ilmar Raag
Director of Photography: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi
Editor: Tambet Tasuja
Original music: Mari Pokinen
Sound: Horret Kuus
Art Directors: Jaagup Roomet, Kristjan Suits
Costume Designer: Anu Lensment
Cast: Ursula Ratasepp, Mait Malmsten, Peeter Tammearu, Külliki Saldre, Leila Säälik jt
Producer: Riina Sildos
Produced by: Amrion OÜ
Language: estonian
Shooting location: Estonia
Supported by: Estonian Film Institute, Cultural Endowment of Estonia

 97 min/ DCP/colour/1:2.35; 24 fps/ Dolby Digital

Festivals and awards:
55th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, October 2013, Germany  – Audience award
Arras Film Festival, November 2013, France - Audience award
Würzburg International Filmfestival, February 2014, Germany - Audience award
“The Golden Linden” International Filmfestival, May 2014, Bulgary - Best actress (Ursula Ratasepp), Audience award
11th European Filmfestival "Koszalin", September 2014, Poland - Audience award
“Moondance” Film Festival, September 2014, USA – Atlantis award

“Kertu. Love is Blind” was nominated for 2014 European Film Academy shortlist.