KADRI KÕUSAAR (34) is a freelance writer and director.
Her media debut started at the age of 13 writing and drawing cartoons and comic strips for newspapers. She has since published numerous film, literature and music-related articles, as well as bestselling novels EGO (2001), FREE RISE (2004) and ALFA (2011) in Estonia. She has also worked as a radio-DJ and TV-host, and has a university degree in Spanish language and literature.
Her debut feature MAGNUS (2007), about a father trying to help his suicidal son, was the first Estonian film ever included at the official selection of Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard, 2007). MAGNUS toured successfully in tens of film festivals around the world (including Rotterdam, Warsaw, Busan, Thessaloniki, Moscow "Tomorrow“, Seattle, Vancouver) and won main awards in Prague Febio Fest and Wiesbaden's GoEast.
Kadri's second film THE ARBITER premiered in the official selection "East of The West“ in Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2013. In 2013 Kadri was also selected to the experimental CPH:DOX LAB program and shot a 30 min long feature AUSTER in Spanish (in collaboration with the Argentinian director Maximiliano Schonfeld). Currently Kadri is preparing her next feature film.