Magazine article Screen International

Karlovy Vary Q&A: Priit Paasuke on 'The End of the Chain'

Magazine article Screen International

Karlovy Vary Q&A: Priit Paasuke on 'The End of the Chain'

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The Estonian debut filmmaker discusses his East of The West competition entry.

Based on a play by writer Paavo Piik, Estonian feature The End Of The Chain is a clever, wryly comedic existentialist drama which takes place in a fast-food restaurant on its final day before closing down. The Waitress (Maiken Schmidt) stands behind the counter and watches as a parade of human life comes walking in, from an arguing couple to a poet performing in front of a clearly unsuitable audience. As she watches these episodes unfold, she begins to question the direction her own life has taken.

Screening in Karlovy Vary’s East of the West competition strand (the film was presented as a work in progress at last year’s festival), Pääsuke’s debut feature plays with reality as it explores the absurdity of the human condition. The film was produced by Marianne Ostrat of Alexandra Film, with Luxfilm, Filmivabrik, Angel Films, Cineunit and 1Agentuur on board as co-producers.

Pääsuke tells Screen the origins behind his debut and how good design can lead to people ordering a burger.

What was your background before making your debut feature?

Before entering filmmaking, I was mostly involved in experimental electronic music. I did my BA at Tallinn’s Baltic Film and Media School in film directing and am now finishing a MA program in theatre and film directing. Right after BA studies, I established the film studio Luxfilm with some of my friends. It somehow happened that I ended up producing a feature [2016’s Polar Boy] before now directing one.

You’ve made a number of well-regarded shorts. Were you nervous going into your first full-length feature?

I was more excited than nervous. We shot The End Of The Chain in only 13 days during the darkest time of the year when we had only three to four hours of shootable daylight per day. The conditions were more than challenging and I always knew that there would be no time to reshoot anything.

What drew you to Paavo Piik’s play?

I happened to see the play and I liked it. …

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