Feature film BANK ROBBERY 2009


A crook and former boxer Madis, having spent half his life behind bars, is released from prison. He has sworn never to go back there – because of his old age, for one, but also because through exchanging letters he has found himself a wealthy woman in South Estonia, planning to spend the rest of his life in the country – comfortably and without financial worries.
Madis intends to set off to South Estonia after the release, but makes a stop at his sister’s home and meets his 14 year-old introverted nephew Hannes. The boy is scorned and bullied at school and he has grown up in an unloving environment – his father left them a while ago but keeps coming back to his mother for sex, beating and terrorizing her. Because of this, Hannes starts to see his uncle as a sort of saviour and clings to him. Madis is amused by Hannes and decides to take the boy along on his journey to South Estonia.

While driving there, Madis starts telling him stories about his past, bragging about how he 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 post it later 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 started to like. Whether the reason Madis fails to cope with society lies in Hannes or his own short-tempered nature, is left for the viewers to decide.


Montreal World Film Festival / Canada
Focus On World Cinema section
Helsinki International Film Festival "Rakkautta ja Anarkia"
Estonian focus “Tere Eesti!”
Mumbai International Film Festival / India
World Cinema section
Kairo International Film Festival / Egypt
Festival of Festivals section
CInequest / San Jose, USA
Tiburon International Film Festival / CA, USA
Eesti filmipäevad Budapest / Hungary
Cape Winelands Film Festival / LAV
Estonian section
East End Film Festival / London, UK
New Europe Film Festival / Edinburgh, GB
Zlin International Film Festival / Czech Republic
Debut competition
Festroia International Film Festival / Portugal
Debut competition
Filmifestival Schlingel / Chemnitz, Germany
Vladivostoki International Film Festival "Pacific Meridian" / Russia
Denver International Film Festival / USA
11.2010 Beijing International Film Festival / China
Official selection