Estonia offers up ‘Angel’ to Oscar

Keedus' third pic will vie for foreign-language slot

PRAGUE — Estonia has submitted helmer Sulev Keedus’ psychological character study “Letters to Angel” for consideration for foreign-lingo Oscar.

Pic follows the fortunes of a Soviet army deserter, declared lost in action in Afghanistan, as he returns home to Estonia for his father’s funeral and to find his estranged daughter.

Story is loosely inspired by Keedus’ own conscription in the Russian army.

The journey is portrayed with surreal imagery, aided by Rein Kotov’s lensing, leaving auds often unsure whether the lead is hallucinating or really encountering some of the more bizarre characters.

“Angel” is Keedus’ third feature after 2003’s “Somnambuul” and 1998’s “Georgica,” praised by Baltic critics as setting a new benchmark.

“Angel” won directing kudo for Keedus at Kinoshock, a CIS and Baltic film festival, held annually in Anapa on Russia’s Black Sea, where pic also took the critics’ prize. Pic also screened at Latvia’s Arsenals fest.

The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions was Oct. 3. To Variety’s knowledge, 61 countries have sent in films.

The 84th Academy Awards will be held Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

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