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The Kings of the Time (2008)

Original title: Aja meistrid

Animation | Documentary | Biographical Duration 72:00

The Kings of the Time

The fast-paced humorous story has recorded the two grand masters of Estonian puppet cartoon - Elbert Tuganov (1920-2007) and Heino Pars (1925). The story of their life and work has been brought us through the excerpts of newsreels, old photographs, puppet animations and recollections of their contemporaries. Having played with puppets for about 30 years, Tuganov and Pars are being animated as puppets themselves - only by the new generations of animation filmmakers.

Director: Mait Laas

Keywords: military service | analyzing life | emigrating | self-censorship | fascism | barbeque night | getting wounded | patriotic upbringing | cemetery | caricatures | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Exitfilm, Nukufilm
Film Category Animation, Puppet, Documentary, Portrait
Genre Biographical
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian, English
Duration 72:00

First releases

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  • in cinema: 20.02.2008, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 24.09.2009, ETV, Estonia
  • released on DVD: 04.12.2009, Collection Aja meistrid, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2008, Best Documentary
  • Award, Virgin Maali - Estonian Association of Film Journalists' Annual Award (Estonia), 2008, "Virgin Maali" Award
  • Prize, Asolo Art Film festival (Italy), 2008, Premio Asolo for the Best Artist's Biography Film

Partners and Sponsors

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