Inspired by the Estonian novel “Rehepapp” by Andrus Kivrähk, the film stars Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt, Taavi Eelmaa, Heino Kalm, Meelis Rämmeld, and Dieter Laser. Rainer Sarnet directed and co-wrote the script with Andrus Kivirähk.
This month, director Rainer Sarnet’s period film November opens theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles, from Oscilloscope.
Described as “beautiful as it is profound” by Rolling Stone, this tale of love and survival, set in the 19th century Estonia, centers on peasant girl Liina who longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. “For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded but come quite cheap.
With alluring black and white cinematography, director Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist – but is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?”