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1944 (2015)

Original title: 1944

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Feature film | Epic, historical | War Duration 99:56

The Battle of Tannenberg Line, often referred to as the Battle of the European SS. WWII. 1944. The bloodiest conflict on the Eastern Front. Volunteer infantry battalions from Denmark, East Prussia, Flanders, Holland, Norway and Wallonia within the Waffen-SS fight off Soviet Army's thrust at Germany.
Half of the SS infantry consists of local Estonian conscripts motivated to resist the looming Soviet re-occupation of their small country. Motivated until they meet their brothers in the Soviet Army. Men brought out of Siberian labour camps and now returning home.
Today 70 years on, the makers of ...

Director: Elmo Nüganen

Keywords: blank spots in history | Eesti laskurkorpus | Estonian legionaries | Eesti relva-SS võitlejad | Estonians on opposite sides | humanity | inimsaatused | dignity | infantrymen | cruelty | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Taska Film
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full lenght feature
Genre Epic, historical, War
Text / Dialogue Estonian, German, Russian
Subtitles English
Duration 99:56

Crew

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Producer Kristian Taska
Co-producer Maria Avdjuško | Ilkka Y.L. Matila
Director Elmo Nüganen
Screenwriter Leo Kunnas
Cinematographer Rein Kotov | Mart Taniel
Art Director Kalju Kivi
Costume Designer Mare Raidma
Composer Jaak Jürisson
Sound Designer Jyrki Rahkonen
Editor Tambet Tasuja | Kimmo Taavila

First releases

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  • in cinema: 15.02.2015, Solaris, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on filmfestival: 08.02.2015, BERLINALE - Berlin International Film Festival, Germany

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, LETʹS CEE Film Festival (Vienna, Austria), 2015
  • Participation, CAMERIMAGE International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Poland), 2015
  • Participation, Arras Film Festival (France), 2015

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFSA
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm