Veiko Õunpuu

Veiko Õunpuu

Estonia

To me, a good film is essentially something “Wagnerian”: both wurst and schnitzel on the same plate. There must be excesses, reconciled extremes, naiveté and disillusionment combined, and executed almost in bad taste.

Veiko’s debut AUTUMN BALL (2007) was awarded in Venice Orizzonti in 2007. For his second film THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY (2008) he received the European Talent Award in 2008. The film premiered at Sundance and Rotterdam. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the 100 most intriguing contemporary film directors in the book 10-10 in Film by Phaidon Publishing. Veiko’s feature FREE RANGE - BALLAD ON APPROVING OF THE WORLD (2014) premiered in Berlinale in 2014. His latest film, THE LAST ONES (2020), was selected at Les Arcs’ Works in Progress, then awarded at Tallinn Black Nights FF as the Best Baltic Feature, and is Estonia’s official submission to the 93rd Academy Awards.