‘Firebird’ Interview Peeter Rebane Talks Uncompromising Filmmaking Approach

Peeter Rebane co-wrote 'Firebird' with Tom Prior, the feature's lead actor.


Peeter Rebane directs and co-writes (with lead actor Tom Prior) the new feature Firebird. This has been a labor of love for Rebane, and during our interview he explains why he refused to compromise the narrative on any level. Check out our video interview below!

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 26: (L-R) Tom Prior and Peeter Rebane attend the “Firebird” Los Angeles premiere at DGA Theater Complex on April 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Factory / Roadside Attractions)

Based on the memoirs of Sergey Fetisov, Firebird centers on the relationship between a young soldier named Sergey (Tom Prior) and Roman (Oleg Zagorodnii), an ace fighter pilot. Diana Pozharskaya is Luisa, a close friend of Sergey’s who winds up being part of their love triangle.

Set in Estonia during the late 1970s, Firebird was directed and co-penned by Peeter Rebane.

Tom Prior in “Firebird.” Photo Credit: Herkki-Erich Merila Roadside Attractions, LLC / The Factory

My directing professor, really amazing lady (Judith Weston) here in Los Angeles, she always said (to) never compromise as a director, said Rebane. “Always make a choice and find a solution. I think it’s not easy and just recently I got really strong criticism from one of my team members, saying that ‘nothing is good enough for you’ (laughs). Honestly I don’t believe in ‘good enough,’ I believe in everyone doing their best.”

Firebird is now playing in select theaters. Check out my full interview with Peeter Rebane below:

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