21 April 1979
Karin Rask (until 2005, Karin Lätsim; born 21 April 1979) is an Estonian stage, film and television actress, theatre teacher and clothing designer.
Estonia, officially the Republic of Estonia, is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea with Sweden on the other side, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km). The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), water 2,839 km2 (1,096 sq mi), land area 42,388 km2 (16,366 sq mi), and is influenced by a humid continental climate. The official language of the country, Estonian, is the third most spoken Finno-Ugric language.
Karin Rask was born as Karin Lätsim in Haapsalu, in Lääne County in 1979.She attended secondary school at Haapsalu Gymnasium, graduating in 1997. From 1997 until 1998, she studied radio and program direction at Tallinn Pedagogical University (now, Tallinn University). In 2002, she graduated from the Higher Theatre School (now, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre) in Tallinn. Among her graduating classmates were Priit Võigemast, Ott Aardam, Maria Soomets, Hele Kõre, Mart Toome, Evelin Võigemast, Elisabet Reinsalu, and Argo Aadli.
Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. It is the administrative centre of Lääne County, and on 1 January 2017 it had a population of 10,236.
Lääne County, or Läänemaa, is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is located in western Estonia and borders the Baltic Sea to the north, Harju County to the north-east, Rapla County to the east, Pärnu County to the south, and the island counties of Saare and Hiiu to the west. In January 2009 Lääne County had a population of 23,810 – constituting 2.0% of the total population in Estonia.
Tallinn University is a public research university in Estonia. Located in the centre of Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, Tallinn University is one of the three largest institutions of higher education in the country. In the 2019 edition of QS World University rankings, it has been ranked among the top 1000 universities in the world.
In 2002, shortly after graduation, Rask (then known by her birth name, Lätsim) joined the Estonian Puppet and Youth Theatre (also called the Estonian State Puppet Theatre. More commonly called the NUKU theatre) in Tallinn's Old Town. She would remain with the NUKU until 2014.Roles at the NUKU include works by such Estonian authors and playwrights, and as: Ivar Põllu, Paul-Eerik Rummo, Triin Voorel, Andrus Kivirähk, Andres Roosileht, Kalju Kangur, Urmas Lennuk, and Eno Raud. Roles in productions of international playwrights and authors include those of: Anders Byström, Judy Upton, Gianni Rodari, the Brothers Grimm, Selma Lagerlöf, Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
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After her departure from the NUKU theatre, Rask became a freelance actress. She has performed in roles at the Estonian Drama Theatre in Tallinn, the Theatre Randlane in Haapsalu, and the Von Krahl Theatre in Tallinn, among others. Rask is currently involved with the Polygon theatre, based in Tallinn, where she is both an actress and theatre teacher.
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Rask's first feature film debut (credited as Karin Lätsim) was a small role in the 2002 Elmo Nüganen directed war drama Nimed marmortahvlil , which focuses on a group of young men fighting in the 1918–1920 Estonian War of Independence. The film was based on the 1936 novel of the same name by Albert Kivikas. In 2007, she appeared in another small role in the Dirk Hoyer directed crime drama Võõras. In 2015, Rask appeared in the Margus Paju directed family adventure film Supilinna Salaselts and the following year played the role of Simone in the René Vilbre directed Taska Film comedy Klassikokkutulek.Beginning in 2015, Rask starred on the TV3 thriller Varjudemaa. The series follows Rask's character Rita Metsallik as she returns home to the small village on a fictional island where she grew up after living in Tallinn for twenty years to bury her deceased father, only to discover that his death was not an accident.
Elmo Nüganen is an Estonian theatre director, film director and actor. He has been the artistic director of the Tallinn City Theatre since 1992. He was a graduate of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1988 and then a professor at the academy in 1998-2002 and 2008-2012. He directed the war films Names in Marble from 2002 and 1944 from 2015. 1944 had the highest opening-week audience numbers in Estonian film history and became the country's submission for the Academy Awards.
Names in Marble is an Estonian 2002 film directed by Elmo Nüganen. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Albert Kivikas in 1936 about the Estonian War of Independence fought in 1918-1920.
The Estonian War of Independence, also known as the Estonian Liberation War, was a defensive campaign of the Estonian Army and its allies, most notably the White Russian Northwestern Army, Latvia, and the United Kingdom, against the Soviet Western Front offensive and the aggression of the Baltische Landeswehr. It was fought in connection with the Russian Civil War during 1918–1920. The campaign was the struggle of Estonia for its sovereignty in the aftermath of World War I. It resulted in a victory for the newly established state and was concluded in the Treaty of Tartu.
She has also appeared in a number of film shorts, most notably 2015's drama Tiibadeta piloot, directed by Leeni Linna and pairing Rask with actor Priit Võigemast.
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Rask has also appeared on several Estonian television series; most notably as Lucy on the TV3 drama Kodu keset linna in 2003, and again from 2005 to 2006;as Triin Mets on the popular Kanal 2 crime drama Kelgukoerad from 2007 until 2008; and as Kiku on the TV3 drama Nurjatud tüdrukud in 2012. Other appearances on television series include three appearances on the TV3 comedy crime series Kättemaksukontor in 2009 and 2013, and a 2014 appearance on the Kanal 2 crime drama Viimane võmm.
In 2013, Rask began designing clothes for children. She initially came up with the idea after designing and creating clothing for her daughter. After several people began to enquire about the clothes, Rask began making clothing for others. Eventually, she started a clothing line called Kalamaja Printsess. All of the fabrics are recycled and repurposed from surplus or salvaged from old clothing, curtains and other fabrics and each outfit is unique.
In August 2005, Karin Lätsim married lawyer Rasmus Rask.The couple have two children, a son born in 2006, and a daughter born in 2009. The family reside in Tallinn. Since her marriage, she has used her married surname, Rask.
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