The Graveyard Keeper’s Daughter

The Graveyard Keeper’s Daughter  {Surnuaiavahi tütar}
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The Graveyard Keeper’s Daughter
Surnuaiavahi tütar
Estonia, 2011, 100 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema
Language: Estonian, Russian English Sub-Titles

A wild, unkempt eight-year-old named Lucia is the graveyard keeper’s daughter of the title. In the small village where she lives, deaths are a rare event; as a result, her father is often without work, while her mother has recently been made redundant. As her parents turn to drink, Lucia's home life becomes increasingly unstable and her schoolwork begins to suffer. Her teachers decide to start an investigation. If Lucia's parents are deemed unfit, she may be taken away from them. Lucia lives in dread of such a fate, but there is a glimmer of hope when her father finds short-term employment in Finland: there, the family lodges with a kind woman who works as a minister. While the subject matter is serious, this is far from a depressing film, thanks to the honesty and humanity of its approach to character, as well as the odd moments of comic relief. Moreover, the film's gentle, lyrical aesthetic makes it one of the most visually splendid in this year’s festival.

DIRECTOR: Katrin Laur
Producer: Mati Sepping
Editor: Kersti Miilen
Screenwriter: Katrin Laur
Cinematographer: Ansi Leino
Music: Pärt Uusberg
Principal Cast: Kerttu-Killu Grenman, Maria Avdjushko, Rain Simmul, Ulla Reinikainen, Epp Eespaev, Esther Koiv
Filmography: Ruudi (2006)
Print Source: Estonian Film Foundation -

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