Rainer Sarnet

Rainer Sarnet is an Estonian director who in his 48 years of existence has directed five films, lived with three women, accumulated about ten friends, passionately loved Fassbinder and directed theatre plays by Przybyszewski, Gorky, and Jelinek. He mostly writes his own scripts but usually bases them on literary classics. After finishing his BA in Film Directing at the Faculty of Film in Tallinn, he has directed theatre plays, been a film critic, worked in several film studios and, since 2005, been a freelance film and stage director. After his 2012 film Idioot (The Idiot, 2011) based on Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Idiot’, Sarnet’s latest feature film November (2017), based on the Estonian cult novel by Andrus Kivirähk ‘Rehepapp’, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Best Cinematography Award.