Jaan Tootsen is a renowned Estonian film director and producer. He was born on April 8, 1963 in Narva, Estonia. He studied at the Tallinn State Conservatory and graduated with honors in 1986. After graduating, Tootsen worked for several television channels in Estonia until 1991.
Tootsen made his directorial debut in 1992 with the feature film "The Fall", which was a critical and commercial success in Estonia. The film was selected as the Estonian entry to the Academy Awards. His subsequent films, such as "The Plant", "My Search", and "The Great Adventure", were also successful and were shown at numerous international film festivals.
In 2003, Tootsen directed and executive produced his first international feature film, titled "The Bank Job". The movie became a blockbuster in Estonia and was also well-received in the United States and other countries. The movie garnered him numerous awards and accolades, including the Estonia’s National Film Award.
In 2007, Tootsen directed and executive produced the Hollywood movie "The Bucket List". The movie was well-received in the United States and around the world. He also directed the international feature film "The Good Shepherd" in 2010.
In addition to being a filmmaker, Tootsen is also a successful producer. He has produced a number of feature films and television series, including "The Fall", "The Plant", "My Search", and "The Good Shepherd". He has also produced documentaries, short films, and television commercials.
Tootsen has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career, including the Estonian National Film Award, the Estonian Culture Prize, and the Estonian State Prize for Culture. He has also been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "The Fall".
Jaan Tootsen is one of the most well-known and respected filmmakers in the world. He has contributed significantly to the art of filmmaking, and his work has been recognized and appreciated by audiences around the world.