On the Water (Vee peal)
2020, 1h 35m, Estonia
Director: Peeter Simm
Cast: Rasmus Ermel, Marko Matvere, Aarne Soro, Maria Klenskaja, Kalju Orro, Aurora Aleksandra Künnapas
Based on Olavi Ruitlane’s book of the same title, ON THE WATER focuses on the life of a preadolescent boy Andres. He is a gentle soul growing up in the care of his grandparents in small-town Soviet Estonia. There are no peers, and his knowledge and friendships are limited to a few men living in his backyard – a former prisoner and hapless fishermen. His only chance of escape from his grandfather’s strict demands is taking a fishing rod out on the local lake. ON THE WATER is a brutal tale hidden beneath a comic and adventurous surface that highlights people’s basic needs for understanding, caring, humanity, and love. ON THE WATER is Estonia’s Official Submission for Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Academy Awards.
All films at CEFF are presented in their original language with English subtitles.
In-Cinema: Sun Nov 14 at 2:00 PM (Globe Cinema 1)
Stream: Nov 6-14 across Canada