Nov 9-13, 2017

Ash and Money

with Theatre NO99 directors Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper

Run Time: 98 Mins Estonia Language:

Synopsis

Unified Estonia is considered by many to be the most extraordinary in form and the most intriguing in effect of the productions of Theatre NO99. On March 24, 2010 – roughly a year before the next parliamentary elections – Theatre NO99 called a press conference announcing the creation of a new political party under the name of Unified Estonia. The party had a visual identity, an anthem, slogans, everything. And there they were – the actors, in suit and dress, and they sure did look and talk like politicians. What followed in the next six weeks was an artwork that was both an interesting example of political theatre and a radical reinvention of the possible role of performing arts in contemporary democratic societies.

Ash and Money is the first film project by Theatre NO99, a full-length making-of documentary that sheds light into how NO75 Unified Estonia came to be. It includes interviews with the people behind the project as well as political figures in office at the time and looks into how the process of creating possibly the biggest contemporary performing arts event in recent European history evolved in real time. Unified Estonia encompassed the fears and hopes, the manipulations and disappointments connected with how politics is made in contemporary democracies. It was a stunt of fictitious hyperpopulism meant to make the true populism in real life redundant.

 

 

Unified Estonia is considered by many to be the most extraordinary in form and the most intriguing in effect of the productions of Theatre NO99. On March 24, 2010 – roughly a year before the next parliamentary elections – Theatre NO99 called a press conference announcing the creation of a new political party under the name of Unified Estonia. The party had a visual identity, an anthem, slogans, everything. And there they were – the actors, in suit and dress, and they sure did look and talk like politicians. What followed in the next six weeks was an artwork that was both an interesting example of political theatre and a radical reinvention of the possible role of performing arts in contemporary democratic societies.

Ash and Money is the first film project by Theatre NO99, a full-length making-of documentary that sheds light into how NO75 Unified Estonia came to be. It includes interviews with the people behind the project as well as political figures in office at the time and looks into how the process of creating possibly the biggest contemporary performing arts event in recent European history evolved in real time. Unified Estonia encompassed the fears and hopes, the manipulations and disappointments connected with how politics is made in contemporary democracies. It was a stunt of fictitious hyperpopulism meant to make the true populism in real life redundant.

 

 

Film Details

Estonia, 2013

Directed by Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo

Written by Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper

Cinematography Rein Kotov

Editing by Rein Kotov and Ene-Liis Semper

Cast: Theatre NO99

Running time: 98 mins

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