Tine Klint’s new sales outfit LevelK has picked up Estonian director Veiko Öunpuu’s The Temptation Of St Tony (Püha Tonu Kiusamine). It is the Copenhagen-based company’s first acquisition.
The film is the first Estonian feature to screen at Sundance, which runs January 21 - 31, and it is also competing in this year’s VPRO Tiger Awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, which opens on January 27). It will has also been selected to close the Göteborg Film Festival (Jan 29-Feb 8).
The Temptation Of St Tony is billed as a “parable on the new, wolf like capitalism in Eastern Europe with its compassionless capitalist rules and rulers”. It follows a middle-aged, mid level manager (Taavi Eelmaa) trying to tackle severe emotional problems. Öunpuu picked up the MEDIA European Talent Award in Cannes for the script.
Produced by Katrin Kissa for Estonia’s Homeless Bob Production, with Sweden’s ATMO and Finland’s Bronson Club, The Temptation of St Tony will be launched at the European Film Market during the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21).
LevelK has also taken rights to Öunpuu’s 2007 feature debut, Autumn Ball (Sügisball), which won the Horizons Award in Venice, and screened at many international festivals, among them Tallinn’s Black Nights, Thessaloniki, Marrakech, Valencia, Brussels and Bratislava.
Tine Klint, former head of sales at Nordisk Film and TrustNordisk, launched LevelK late last year.