Bank Robbery


93 min | 35 mm | Dolby SR


A crook and former boxer Madis, having spent half his life behind bars, is released from prison. He decides to start over and spend his old age in the countryside with a woman he has been exchanging letters with. Before he sets off, he pays his sister a visit and meets his nephew Hannes, a 14 year-old introverted boy who has grown up in a hostile environment and is constantly bullied at school. Madis is amused by Hannes and takes him along on his trip; the boy in turn clings to his uncle as he seems to be the only one who pays attention to him. While driving there, Madis starts telling Hannes stories about his past, bragging about having robbed banks. Influenced by the stories and in order to flee his miserable situation, Hannes develops a romantic, but twisted plan to do a bank heist with his uncle, film it and later post it on YouTube. Subconsciously, he guides them towards this irrefutable fate. At the climax of the story Madis finds himself at crossroads: he must choose between his personal freedom together with the woman he has grown attached to and the highly risky bank heist with his pitiful nephew whom he has also grown fond of.

Director: Andrus Tuisk
Producer: Manfred Vainokivi
Script writer: Mihkel Ulman
Executive Producer: Marju Lepp
Camera: Manfred Vainokivi
Artist: Manfred Vainokivi
costume: Anu Lensment
music: Vaiko Eplik
Sound: Mart Kessel-Otsa
Lead Actor: Madis - Hannes Kaljujärv
Hannes - Henri Kuus
Starring: Milvi - Karin Tammaru, Lagle - Marilyn Jurman,
Hannese Isa - Indrek Taalmaa, Hannese Ema - Marika Barabanštšikova

Produced by: Filmivabrik / 2009


Award, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia), 2009, Special mention
Montreal World Film Festival (Canada), 2009, Focus On World Cinema section
Helsinki International Film Festival "Love and Anarchy" (Finland), 2009, Estonian focus “Tere Eesti!”
Mumbai Film Festival (India), 2009, World Cinema section
Cairo International Film Festival (Egipt), 2009, Festival of Festivals section
Cape Winelands Film Festival (South Africa), 2010, Estonian section
Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland), 2010
East End Film Festival (London, Great Britain), 2010
Zlin International Film Festival (Czech Respublic), 2010, Debut competition
Festroia International Film Festival (Portugal), 2010, Debut competition
Cinequest Film Festival (San Jose, USA), 2010
Tiburon International Film Festival (California, USA), 2010
Estonian Film Days in Budapest (Hungary), 2010
Vladivostok International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" (Russia), 2010
Denver International Film Festival (Colorado, USA) , 2010
SCHLINGEL - International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences (Chemnitz, Germany), 2010
Beijing International Film Festival (China), 2011