The Sleeping Beast

The Sleeping Beast

by Jaak Kilmi

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Kristjan and the other kids from the neighborhood are best friends and spend their summer days with games and adventures in an abandoned old factory. After being chased away from the grounds by Elmar, the grumpy security guard, a freak accident casts a dark shadow over the group – and Kristjan has to face the hardest decision of his young life. Will he dare to save a life against all odds?

Awards & Festivals

International Premiere at Giffoni FF
Lucas FF, Schlingel FF, Goa IFF, FilemON, Cinemagic FF, Junior Cz FF, Cottbus FF, Goa IFF


Nils Jaagup England, Rebeka Kask, Laura Vahtre

Director Bio

Jaak Kilmi graduated in directing from the Department of Culture of Tallinn Pedagogical University. Starting his career with a string of award-winning short films, Kilmi also directed and (co-)produced a number of successful feature-length documentaries before turning to fictional stories, such as the highly-regarded drama DISSIDENTS (2017) and adventure comedy CHRISTMAS IN THE JUNGLE (2021). His films have gained him international recognition with festivals and audiences worldwide.

Director Statement

For a long time, I have wanted to make a film about children. THE SLEEPING BEAST is not a children’s film although I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to them. But we don’t offer simple solutions or morality. We speak in half-tones  - both bright and dark ones. The violence of the fairy tales has found its way back into the games of the children and as the line between fantasy and reality gets increasingly blurred, a sort of naïve romanticism and beauty still remains in their games.

Cast Bio

Young actors Nils Jaagup England, Rebekka Kask and Laura Vahtre all made their feature film debut with THE SLEEPING BEAST whereas supporting cast members Reimo Sagor (from the Scandinavian action thriller TV hit show HAMILTON), Evelin Võigemast (known for voicing the title role in the well-known LOTTE theatrical animation films) and Andres Lepik (TRUTH AND JUSTICE) are experienced acting veterans.


Director Jaak Kilmi
Writer Aidi Vallik
Producer Evelin Penttilä
Co-producers Roberts Vinovskis, Dominiks Jarmakovičs
DP Elen Lotman
Sound Matīss Krišjānis
Editor Andris Grants
Production Designer Getter Vahar
Line Producer Karolina Veetamm
Music Kārlis Auzāns

Production Company Stellar Film

Original Title: Tagurpidi torn | Estonia 2022 | Young Adult, Thriller | Estonia OV with English subtitles | 101’ | Colour | Aspect Ratio 2.33:1 | 25 fps

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