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Language: Estonian, English, Russian
Run Time: 95 minutes
It’s quite possible few Americans know where Estonia is on the map, but it boasts a diverse terrain complete with forests, beaches, and islands. THE SPY AND THE POET is a multi-faceted story from Estonian director Toomas Hussar and, like the country in which it is set, the film’s terrain is mixed, complete with absurdism, gun fights, and a sexy Russian spy. Gustav is a man who lives more like an insurance actuary with OCD than someone entrusted with keeping his country safe from, well, Russian spies. Perfectly happy with the normalcy in his café-visiting routine, Gustav suddenly finds himself at the center of international intrigue when a slacker poet crosses with the beautiful Nala, setting forth a chain of events that shake up Gustav’s quiet existence. Teetering the line between dark comedy and thriller, THE SPY AND THE POET is an entrancing look at a man who, much like his country, is trying to seal his identity when he’s surrounded by chaos. (In English, Estonian, and Russian with subtitles) —T.W.
Monday, April 03, 2017 at 2:15 PM
Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 9:25 PM
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
"Mushrooming" (2012) – 37th CIFF, THE SPY AND THE POET (2016)
Jan Uuspõld, Lana Vatsel, Rain Tolk