FREE RANGE / BALLAD ON THE APPROVING OF WORLD (2014) [feature]

(MIFF 2014 )
Director: Veiko Õunpuu

"[A] complex character study that has the bittersweet texture of real life, gathering emotional force as it rolls messily along." – Hollywood Reporter

Aspiring literary genius Fred has just been fired as a movie critic for calling Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life "faggoty". Charismatic, frequently drunk and allergic to all forms of responsibility, Fred thinks the world owes him plenty. But these days the world doesn't much care for those who dance to a song only they can hear.

A contemporary riff on the great rebels of 1960s cinema, Free Range is the captivating third film from Estonian wunderkind Veiko Õunpuu. Shot in lustrous 16mm and featuring a soundtrack of protest-era classics, Free Range is an incisive, unexpectedly delightful portrait of the chaos unleashed when creative force meets willing self-destruction.

FIPRESCI Award-winner at Germany's goEast Film Festival.

"The film moves between reality and surrealism in a daring way. We find it a radical and mesmerizing cinematic portrait that the beat generation always deserved, but never got." – FIPRESCI jury

Select Festival

Search the film archive