Stari mlekar / Vanamehe film / The Old Man Movie

Stari mlekar / Vanamehe film / The Old Man Movie


Estonia, 2019, 88', In Estonian with Slovenian and English subtitles

In collaboration with Kurja Polt Genre Film Festival

Grandkids are dropped off for the summer with the Old Man on his farm. Determined to make his progeny see the simple beauty of country living, he ends up working them like slaves, only to have the little bastards accidentally set loose his prized and thoroughly abused cow. Now the Old Man and his grandkids have just 24 hours to find the rogue bovine, before her unmilked udder explodes and unleashes lactopalypse. On their epic journey, our heroes must face festival hippies, forest creeps, sawmill workers and other dangers commonly found in the Estonian countryside.

Directed by: Mikk Mägi, Oskar Lehemaa
Written by: Mikk Mägi, Peeter Ritso, Oskar Lehemaa
Camera: Urmas Jõemees
Sound Design: Tanel Kadalipp
Music: Sten-Olle Moldau, Lauri Kadalipp
Art Directors: Triin Paumer, Sven-Tõnis Puskar, Anu-Lauga Tuttelberg, Sander Joon, Mattias Mälk
Animation: Eger Kesa, Olga Stalev
Voices: Mikk Mägi, Oskar Lehemaa, Jan Uuspõld, Märt Avandi, Jaagup Kreem, Mart Kukk, Indrek Ojari, Kristjan Lüüs
Producers: Erki Heinsalu, Veiko Esken, Tanel Tatter
Production: Apollo Film Productions, BOP Animation
Distribution: Estonian Theatrical Distribution

The Old Man as a character was born almost a decade ago, when two guys – Peeter Ritso and Mikk Mägi met at the Estonian Academy of Arts and started making short videos featuring the animated character. For several years, the only stage for the Old Man was YouTube, where he quickly became a sensation. Estonians loved his black humour, grumpiness and offensive jokes. Mikk Mägi and Peeter Ritso started developing the full-length film in 2017. Then, young film director Oskar Lehemaa joined the team to help out with the script. Eventually, Mägi and Lehemaa became the directors for the full-length film.
- Estonian Film magazine

The political incorrectness might be surprising to some. On the one hand, The Old Man Movie follows the classic Estonian puppet film tradition. Yet, the absurdist storyline brings a different vibe. In many ways, the film is a poke at modern pop culture as well as the ‘Old Men’ we often see around us. The directors themselves say that despite Old Man’s constant swearing and mood swings, he’s a good man who cares about his grandkids. Deep in his heart, he even cares about his animals. His kind-hearted side is just hidden under the tough (country)guy image. So in a way, the film has a political undertext.
- Estonian Film magazine

The voice is an essential part of Old Man’s character. Behind the mumbling noise is director Mikk Mägi. Oskar Lehemaa has given his voice to the grandchildren. It’s also quite common that you can hear people in Estonia mimicking Old Man’s voice. Directors themselves say that the voice has become such an integral part of their lives that they often find themselves speaking with the ‘Old Man voice’ even in everyday situations.
- Estonian Film magazine

Awards (selection):
- Satoshi Kon Award, Fantasia Film Festival 2020
- Nominated for Golden Goblet, Shanghai International Film Festival 2020
- Audience Award, Anima Brussel 2020
- Contrechamp Competition, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 2020
- Official Selection, Istanbul International Film Festival 2020
- Official Selection, Anifilm 2020
- Official Selection, Moscow International Film Festival 2020

Film info

Directed by: Mikk Mägi, Oskar Lehemaa
Production: Apollo Film Productions, BOP Animation
Festival programme: Animated Feature Films
Year: 2019
Length: 88'
Country: Estonia