The Uncle Who Looked Like Me
Middle-aged intellectual Hugo, already suffering from post-divorce depression, sinks even further when he is forced to take care of his intrusive and patronizing father, who pretends that he has only months to live. When father and son fall in love with the same woman, Hugo becomes determined to emerge as the winner of her affections.
Music critic Hugo discovers that his wife is cheating on him. The ensuing breakdown causes him to withdraw from city life, and move to his late mother’s country home. Out of the blue, Hugo’s long-lost father, jazz musician Raivo, appears on his doorstep, claiming that he has only a few months left to live, and must be taken care of. Self-centered Hugo finds it difficult to deal with this uninvited guest, who patronizes him constantly.
A therapy group arrives at the village, led by the attractive Marian. Raivo tries to persuade his son to join the group so that he can confront his separation. Initially Hugo is sceptical, but after meeting Marion, sparks fly between them. Raivo also competes for her attention, but ends up drunk and unconscious, ruining Hugo’s romantic plans.
On discovering that his wife wants a permanent separation, Hugo seeks consolation in Marian. She forces him to understand that the world does not revolve around him, and leaves, giving Hugo little hope that their relationship will continue. Sinking deeper into depression, Hugo throws his father out.
A few month’s later, Hugo’s new music book is nominated for an award. At the party, he gets drunk, and embarrasses himself in front of Marian, who has been invited there separately.
Hugo finds out from a doctor that his father has been lying to him about his health, and is not dying. Raivo, for his part, only cares that his son is not going to arrange a dignified funeral for him, when his time comes. Enraged, Hugo decides to give Raivo a final lesson: He organizes a mock funeral instead of a birthday party, the kind his father always wanted. Humiliated when he appears at his own funeral, Raivo grabs a bottle of vodka and ventures out into the storm. After searching everywhere, Hugo finds him asleep at home, and finds that in his beloved suitcase, Raivi had been coleecting all of Hugo’s articles and photos. He has been a loving father, after all. Reconciled, Raivo delivers Hugo’s new book to Marian. She subsequently turns up at Hugo’s door…heavily pregnant. It seems they are all destined to live together, as a new happy family.
Director and screenwriter, graduated from Tartu University in Theatre Science in
2005 and MA at the Tallinn University’s Baltic Film and Media School in scriptwriting.
Katrin is also an author of numerous articles on film and theatre in the main newspapers and cultural journals in Estonia (Sirp, Päevaleht, Postimees, Eesti Ekspress, Teater Muusika Kino, Teatrielu, Müürileht etc).
Selected filmography as screenwriter and director
2014 CHERRY TOBACCO, A full-length feature, screenwriter, director and editor (co-director Andres Maimik) premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014
2013 THE PHOTO, Short film, shoved at many festivals, * 3rd Prize – Best fiction film in the professional category at BLUE SEA Film Festival, Rauma / Finland
Cultural Endowment of Estonia – a scholarship for a student of theatre science in Tartu University (2003)
Cultural Endowment of Estonia – Theatre Endowment, Creative Scholarship (2007)
Estonian Theatre Agency new drama competition 2007 – III place (drama „Magus eimidagi“)
NisiMasa Script Competition “Taboo” 2009. Estonian winner (script „The Photo“),
Estonian Theatre Agency ja Tallinn 2011 Foundation drama competition “Seaside stories” – among Estonian top 5 (drama “Metspart”, which was later developed into the script “The Uncle Who Looks Like Me”)
Andres studied at Tartu Art College and the Estonian Institute of Humanities. He graduated in 2009 from Tallinn Pedagogical University with a degree in directing documentaries. He has worked as a journalist, film director and editor, scriptwriter and copywriter.
Selected filmography as screenwriter, director and editor:
2014 CHERRY TOBACCO, A full-length feature, screenwriter, director and editor (co-director Katrin Maimik) premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014
2013-2014 WHEN THE SH*T HITS THE FAN, TV Comedy,
2011 FARTS OF FURY, A full-length feature,
2004 CHOOSE ORDER! Full-length documentary, FIPRESCI prize, Best Estonian Film of the Year
2003 LIVING FORCE, Full-length documentary (co-director Jaak Kilmimi) Best Estonian Documentary Prize and FIPRESCI Best Estonian Film of the Year
2002 AGENT WILD DUCK, Full-length feature film, Dir. Marko Raat , Best Estonian Feature Film Prize
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