Veiko Õunpuu (born 16 March 1972 in Saaremaa) is an Estonian film director and screenwriter who is best known for his artistic movies Autumn Ball (Sügisball, 2007) and The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine, 2009). Õunpuu's films are usually slow paced artistic movies with eccentric characters.
In 2006 he wrote and directed the independent short film Empty (Tühirand). In 2007 he adapted Mati Unt's novel Autumn Ball (Sügisball) that won the Horizon Award at the 64th Venice International Film Festival, which remains the highest international recognition an Estonian film has ever received.
In 2010 Õunpuu's second feature drama The Temptation of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu kiusamine) screened in Sundance Film Festival. The film was selected as Estonia's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, but it didn't make the final shortlist.
- Free Range (2013)
- The Temptation of St. Tony (2009) (Püha Tõnu kiusamine)
- Autumn Ball (2007) (Sügisball)
- Empty (2006) (Tühirand) (short film).
- Venice Film Festival
- Won: Venice Horizon Award for Autumn Ball (2007) (Sügisball)
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