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    II edition


    “Swamp” is a drama about love, passion, hate and the choices a person has to make. It is also about the hidden forces within that direct those choices. Beneath the surface lies a lingering question: how well do we really know ourselves and are we able to direct our lives?

    Manuel, a photographer for a news agency in a modern metropolitan, and his wife Izabel, a wealthy businesswomen, come to visit Izabel’s business partner Juku and his ex-model wife Liis in Estonia .
    On the edge of a mysterious swamp that lies on the borderline of Estonia and Russia Juku and Liis have opened a luxurious hotel in an old manor house. Now preparations are being made for the opening of the restaurant. Juku’s business idea has been the untouched nature and luxurious service that have found investors and hopefully will allure numerous clients as well.

    On the background of the problems and relations of two married couples in their early middle-age a much more dramatic story develops, which is launched when Manuel gets lost in the swamp and meets a local girl called Wildcat and her admirer Marek, a smuggler.
    In the mystical northern swamp develops a passionate love story between Manuel and the nature’s child Wildcat alongside a nerve-wracking contradiction with violent and dangerous Marek.
    In the middle of the mess of the preparations for the opening of the restaurant, the noise of the festivities in the manor house, Liis’, Juku’s and Izabel’s problems, complexes and intrigues, Manuel has to reach a decision. Does he help his loved-one or will he remain a bystander and a loser as he has been his whole life? The brutal violence of Marek towards Wildcat and himself in a situation where there is no-one to turn to for help forces Manuel for the first time in his life to make a fatal decision.
    He goes into battle to destroy a brutal enemy and help his loved-one. Manuel knows, that smugglers orientate in the night’s swamp by the beacon. He allures his victim with the false beacon into bottomless bog pools. The next morning when everybody is waking up after the opening party of the restaurant it appears that Manuel’s plan has turned against him.


    Renita Lintrop

    Scriptwriter and director, founder of the independent film company SEE, working together with her husband Hannes Lintrop.
    Since September 2007 she is the Associate Professor at the Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School.
    Her films received many awards at international festivals, including:
    “Cogito, Ergo Sum”- 1st Prize for a Short Film at the Aurillac International Film Festival’90 (France), Best Documentary of the Year’90 (Estonia)
    “To Shura” – Jury Award at the Pärnu International Antropological Film Festival’90 (Estonia), Best Documentary at the Tampere International Film Festival’91 (Finland), Audience Award for the Best Short Film at the Creteil
    International Film Festival’91 (France), Bronze Dragon at the Krakow
    International Film Festival’91 (Poland), Special Commendation at the Melbourne International Film Festival’91 (Australia), Estonian Republic’ Cultural Yearprize’91(Estonia)
    “Too Tired To Hate” Film Prize of the Estonian Cultural Endowment’95 (Estonia), 1st Prize for a Fiction Film at the Salerno
    International Film Festival’96 (Italy), Jury Special at the Alexandria
    International Film Festival’96 (Egypt), Jury Special at “Kinoforum” 97 (Russia)

    Udayan Prasad

    “ScripTeast is the programme all the advisors wish they could have attended at the start of their careers. It would have saved all that stumbling around in the dark looking for the key that stimulates the imagination so much more effectively.”

    BAFTA nominated, director of “My Son the Fanatic”, “The Yellow Hankerchief” and ”Opa!”, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, UK

    Tom Abrams

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    ScripTeast Head of Studies, Associate Professor – Screenwriting and Production at School of Cinematic Arts, USC, screenwriter and director, author of the script for the Oscar-nominated film “Shoeshine”, USA

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    Golden Globe awarded author of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood” with two Oscars, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, USA