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“All Musicians Are Bastards” 2012

Director Heleri Saarik’s debut feature All Musicians Are Bastards is a visual love letter to music. In her fondest dreams, this film’s main character Leila (Riina Maidre) is a resplendent singer. In reality, however, all her energy and talent is spent on relationships that eat away at her soul, mind-altering substances, and glamorous showing-off.

Heleri defies the rules. By playing with the possibilities of the art of film, she takes the viewer to an uneasy universe where the boundary between reality and illusion is incredibly thin. This is a world that is familiar to everyone who at some point in their life had to grow up and admit to themselves that dreaming is not enough on its own. And who have regardless of that chosen dreaming.

Nero Urke plays Leila’s unpredictable boyfriend and Jarek Kasar acts the music producer suffering from a creative impasse. A number of Estonia’s young generation of musicians like Mihkel Kõrvits, Lotte Jürjendal, Helina Risti, Andres Lõo and others play secondary roles.

The on the one hand dreamy and on the other hand coarsely realistic cinematography of the film is by Erik Põllumaa. Production designer Kristina Lõuk created the second hand paradise surrounding the characters. Costume designers Helina Risti and Lotte Jürjendal journeyed down the paths of psychedelic glamour. The film’s producer Piret Tibbo-Hudgins has also brought Mushrooming to the viewer.

This film is full of good Estonian music from start to finish. Composer Tõnis Leemets composed the music for the film and in addition, the music of Jarek Kasar, Riina Maidre, Andres Lõo, Technological Sun, Sequoia 7, and so on, is also heard.

Director & Scriptwriter: Heleri Saarik

Cinematographer: Erik Põllumaa

Art Director: Kristina Lõuk

Editor: Jaak Ollino

Producer: Piret Tibbo-Hudgins

Cast: Riina Maidre, Nero Urke, Helina Risti, Lotte Jürjendal, Jarek Kasar


90 min / HD / 1:1,85 / 5.1 Stereo

To be released: October 2012


Director & Scriptwriter HELERI SAARIK (1984)

Heleri Saarik received the Best Music Video Director award at the glamorous gala of Estonian Music Awards in 2009. Heleri, who at that time was still a film directing student at the Tallinn University’s Baltic Film and Media School, had already directed several short films and commercials, studied landscape protection in Estonian University in Life Sciences and history, journalism at Tartu University for a while. Lived and worked for a year in London. Her short film “A Tale of a Nixie” was picked into the prestigious Edinburgh Film Festival program “Realms of the Unreal” in 2011. “All Musicians Are Bastards”, currently in production, is Heleri’s debut feature.

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