ash and money


In 2010 Theatre NO99 came out with a production that theatralised the whole Estonian society. NO75 Unified Estonia assembly was a fictious political movement created by Theatre NO99 that a large portion of the public treated as a real political force. In a unique way it combined performing arts, politics, media and civil society. For the 44 days from the first press conference to the culmination of the founding assembly of the fictious party with 7000 people attending, Unified Estonia was followed by a film team that thoroughly documented the project.

NO55 Ash and Money is the first film project by Theatre NO99. It is a full lenght making-of documentary that sheds light into how NO75 Unified Estonia came to be, interviews the people behind the project and also many 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 dissapointments connected with how politics is made in contemporary democracies. It was a stunt of fictious hyperpopulism meant to make the true populism in real life redundant. The documentary shows the full variety of emotions and the dramatic turns that were experienced by the makers of Unified Estonia.

NO55 Ash and Money has been received with much fascination at various film festival audiences around the world, from Canada to Netherlands to Ukraine.

Directors and Scriptwriters: Tiit Ojasoo, Ene-Liis Semper
Camera: Rein Kotov
Sound: Harmo Kallaste
Editors: Rein Kotov, Ene-Liis Semper
Producers: Piret Tibbo-Hudgins, Rein Kotov
Produced by: Allfilm and NO99

Premiere September 16 2013.

NB! With English subtitles