In just under two minutes, this trailer for Estonian drama “Mother” delivers enough tension, drama and mystery to fill entire hours. The latest film from director Kadri Kõusaar (who directed the first Estonian film to screen at Cannes as part of its Un Certain Regard section), “Mother” takes a classic storytelling trope – guy in a coma is the only one who can solve the crime that landed him there – and brings it to vivid and surprisingly funny life.
Per the film’s official synopsis: “This darkly comic, crime mystery set in small-town Estonia centers on Elsa, the full-time caretaker of her comatose son, Lauri, and the locals, who are abuzz with rumors about who shot Lauri and why. But in this tight-knit town, where everyone seems to know everyone and everything except for what’s right under their nose, the world’s clumsiest crime may go unsolved.”
The film boasts an all-female production team, including director Kõusaar, producer Aet Laigu and screenwriters Leana Jalukse and Al Wallcat.
The film will have its international premiere at Tribeca on April 14, with other screenings to follow during the festival. Check out our exclusive trailer for the film above.