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Dead Mountaineer's Hotel (1979)

Original title: Hukkunud Alpinisti hotell

Based on the novel "Dead Mountaineer's Hotel" by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Digitally remastered in 2009

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Feature film | Thriller | Science fiction | Detective Duration 79:40

When police officer Glebsky prepares to spend a peaceful night at a lonely hotel in the middle of snowy mountains he has no idea that he will meet some extravagant guests there. What's more, some of them behave in a suspicious way and nightmarish fear seems to hide behind their fake vivacity. Hinckus, who has tuberculosis, can be understood in his troubles. But what is wrong with others staying at the hotel - physicist Simone, respectable Mr and Mrs Moses? And what secrets does the manager of the hotel, Alex, hide? Murder is only the question of time in such ...

Director: Grigori Kromanov

Keywords: gangster | haloes | helicopter attack | glittering snow fields | fears | hotel lobby | hotel manager | hotel's dining hall | dead mountaineer | desertedness | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Thriller, Science fiction, Detective
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Subtitles Russian
Duration 79:40


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Director Grigori Kromanov
Screenwriter Arkadi Strugatski | Boriss Strugatski
Cinematographer Jüri Sillart
Production Desinger Tõnu Virve
Costume Designer Vjatšeslav Zaitsev | Ell-Maaja Randküla
Composer Sven Grünberg
Sound Designer Roman Sabsay
Editor Sirje Haagel
Content Editor Toomas Raudam | Ilmar Taska
Writer of Adapted Work Arkadi Strugatski | Boriss Strugatski
Managing Director Raimund Felt | Veronika Bobossova


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Kaarin Raid - Kaisa | Nijole Oželyte - Brun

First releases

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  • in cinema: 24.08.1979 , Cinema Ekraan, Tartu, Estonia
  • at other places: 18.01.1980, Cinema House, Moscow, USSR
  • in cinema: 14.10.2009 (premiere of digitally restored film), Cinema Artis, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, USSR Film Competition (Shostka, USSR), 1979, III järgu diplom ja III preemia operaator Jüri Sillartile kodumaise värvifilmi parima kasutamise eest NSVL Keemiatööstuse ja NSVL Riikliku Kinematograafia Komitee otsuse põhjal.
  • Participation, Trieste Science Fiction (Italy), 1980, Silver Asteroid Award
  • Award, Estonian SSR Film Festival (USSR), 1980, 1st Prize: Jüri Sillart - for the best cinematography (together with "Wild Violets"); 1st Prize: Tõnu Virve - for the best art design (together with "Wild Violets"); Jury Special Prize: Sven Grünberg - for novel expressions in film music

Partners and Sponsors

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