Kate Bosworth, Thomas Kretschmann, Lucien Laviscount and Martin McCann have wrapped production in Estonia on Tanel Toom’s Sentinel, for which Altitude is launching international sales at next month’s AFM Virtual Market (November 1-5).
The UK-Estonia-Germany co-production is a sci-fi thriller set in a war-ravaged future, in which four soldiers man a remote ocean military base that separates two warring continents. As weeks turn into months, paranoia descends that tests relationships to breaking point.
The film is written by Malachi Smyth, who recently wrote and directed UK crime musical The Score, which will debut next month at Tallinn Black Nights Festival.
Producers on Sentinel from the UK are Ben Pullen for Sentinel Entertainment, Matthew James Wilkinson for Stigma Films and Pippa Cross for CrossDay Productions. Jorg Bundschuh produces for Germany’s Kick Film, with Ivo Felt for Estonia’s Allfilm.
Executive producers are Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films, Carlos Gerstenhauer for BR/ARTE, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall for Altitude Entertainment, Rain Rannu for Tallifornia, Raido Toonekurg for Ichiban Films, Samantha Corsellis and William Pullen for Sentinel Entertainment, Josef Brandmeier, Janette Day and Smyth.
Backers include the Estonian Film Institute, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Film Estonia, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, the Bavarian Bank Fund and the Deutscher Filmforderfonds.
It is a second feature for Toom, a graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School, after 2019 drama Truth And Justice. That title set a new record of 267,000 admissions in Estonia, a country of just 1.3m people. It went on to win seven prizes at the 2020 Estonian Film and TV Awards, and make the shortlist for best international feature at the 2020 Oscars.
Toom’s film The Confession was also nominated for best live-action short at the 2011 Oscars.