After a heavy decision, Anna and Juhan are unable to move on with their lives. They take time off at their friends’ fancy summer house and once there, are forced to offer shelter to another couple caught in the storm. The couple assumes that the house belongs to Anna and Juhan and they do nothing to correct the mistake. Instead, they seize their new roles and start taking their mutual bitterness out on the strangers. Pretenders is a psychological drama about the truths and illusions of a relationship.


In the presence of the director
Director Vallo Toomla is a young promising talent in Estonian cinema. He has studied theology at Tartu University and film directing at Baltic Film and Media School. He has been in versatile roles in front and behind the camera but is best known as a director. Vallo has directed five short fims and one puppet animation. His first student work Morbius was selected to international Student Festival Sleepwalkers at PÖFF and got the award of the Best Estonian Short Film. His student films have all been aired by Estonian Public Broadcasting and his short Devil’s Vaudeville was in domestic cinema distribution. Pretenders is his debute feature film.

Festivals: San Sebastian FF, Black Nights FF, Festival Premier Plan d’Angers

Did you know?

  • Estonia: a thriving film industry

    As part of our Focus on Estonia, which has the presidency of the Council of the European Union until the end of the year, we will be celebrating the country's cinema on 6 and 7 December.

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