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    The Spy and the Poet

    Directed by Toomas Hussar
    Estonia | 95 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

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    The Spy and the Poet

    Directed by Toomas Hussar
    Estonia | 95 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • View Trailer

    The Spy and the Poet

    Directed by Toomas Hussar
    Estonia | 95 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

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    The Spy and the Poet

    Directed by Toomas Hussar
    Estonia | 95 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

A socially awkward secret service agent makes the acquaintance of both a beautiful Russian spy and a barely tolerable Estonian modern poet in the absurdly comic new film from the producer of Tangerines. It provides a sarcastic reflection on the identity and concerns of contemporary Estonia.

Schedule

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January 13, 2017 2:30 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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January 15, 2017 7:00 PM Mary Pickford Theater Tickets not available
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film synopsis

A socially awkward secret service agent reluctantly makes the acquaintance of both a beautiful Russian spy and a barely tolerable Estonian modern poet in the absurdly comic The Spy and the Poet. From the producer of Tangerines (PSIFF 2014), this is idiosyncratic, cross-genre filmmaking that provides a sarcastic reflection on the identity and concerns of contemporary Estonia.

As in The Maltese Falcon, complicated crosses and double-crosses occur without it ever being entirely clear to the audience what is happening or why. At the same time, quirky minor characters come and go. But here, the peculiar atmosphere and digs at Estonia's place in world politics are more to the point than any straightforward drama.

The positioning of post-Soviet Estonia as a western, Scandinavian country is one of the film's particular concerns, as is the very notion of Estonian identity. In the film's final frame, the heavily pregnant spy is sitting in a café in an unidentified European country. The bartender pointedly asks, "Is it a boy or a girl?" "It's an Estonian," comes the reply.

film details

Original Language Title: Luuraja ja luuletaja
Country: Estonia
Year: 2016
Running Time: 95 minutes
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Language: Estonian
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Toomas Hussar
Producers: Ivo Felt
Principal Cast: Jan Uuspõld, Rain Tolk, Lana Vatsel, Peeter Jalakas, Loore Martma
Cinematographers: Rein Kotov
Editor: Tambet Tasuja
Music: Arian Levin
Screenwriter: Toomas Hussar
International Sales Company: Allfilm
Website: allfilm.ee/work/a-poet-and-the-spy/

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