"Mushrooming" 2012


The black comedy with touches of political satire aims at the often unscurpulous behaviour of contemporary politicians and media stars on the way to power and popularity.

Politician Aadu and his wife set out to pick mushrooms on a day when he gets a call from a journalist confronting him with regard to suspected corruption. By coincidence the married couple find themselves in a car with a pompous rock idol named Zäk. After discovering that the spot his wife has chosen to pick mushrooms is full of vacationers, Aadu decides to find a quieter place. The woods where he ultimately ends up, however, are perhaps too deep and inhospitable, and finding a way out may not be easy….

Scriptwriter & Director:
Toomas Hussar
Piret Tibbo-Hudgins
Rein Kotov
Production Designer:
Kristina Lõuk
Costume Designer:
Eva-Maria Gramakovski
Arian Levin
Tambet Tasuja
Sound Designer:
Ivo Felt
Raivo E. Tamm, Juhan Ulfsak, Elina Reinold, Üllar Saaremäe, Hendrik Toompere Jnr., Hilje Murel
Feature / 93 min. / DCP / 1:85 / 5.1
Domestic release date September 21, 2012

“Mushrooming” festivals:

  • International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2012, Germany
    • FIPRESCI Prize
  • Marrakech International Film Festival 2012, Morrocco
    • Best Actress: Elina Reinold
  • CINEAST – Central and Eastern European Film Festival 2012, Luxembourg
    • Audience Award
  • Black Nights Film Festival 2012, Estonia
    • Heave(i)n Estonian Film Award
  • Estonian Association of Film Journalists’ Annual Award “Virgin Maali” 2012
  • Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment2012
    • The Most Successful Film of the Year – to Toomas Hussar, Piret Tibbo-Hudgins
  • Tiburon International Film Festival 2013, California, USA
    • Best Actor: Raivo E. Tamm
  • Madeira Film Festival 2014, Portugal
    • Laurissilva Ambassador Award: Raivo E. Tamm
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012, Czech Republic. Competition programme: East of the West
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2012, Canada. Programme: Discovery
  • Athens International Film Festival 2012, Greece
  • Der Neue Heimatfilm 2012, Freistadt, Austria
  • European Film Festival 2012, Muces, Segovia, Spain
  • International Film Festival of India 2012, Goa, India. Programme: Cinema of the World
"Mushrooming" 2012