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The Idiot (2011)

Original title: Idioot

Based on the novel "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Feature film | Drama Duration 132:00

When Prince Myshkin appears to the high society of St Petersburg, no one can predict that this penniless and sick man will have such a big influence on people. He can even handle hardened souls such as Rogozhin and his companions, not to mention the family of General Yepanchin. Young, pretty and innocent Aglaya is ready for anything for Prince Myshkin. The prince, however, is dedicated to Nastasya Filippovna instead. Having been through the hell of desires, she has a purified soul that inspires respect and hope in the prince in order to save her from damnation.

Director: Rainer Sarnet

Keywords: despair | turpitude | love triangle | honour | self-destruction | suicide attempt | goodness | saving one's soul | clarity of soul | shame | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Homeless Bob Production
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Duration 132:00 , 127:00


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Producer Katrin Kissa
Director Rainer Sarnet
Screenwriter Rainer Sarnet
Cinematographer Mart Taniel
Art Director Jaagup Roomet
Costume Designer Riina Põldroos | Jaanus Vahtra
Composer Ülo Krigul
Sound Designer Ivo Felt
Editor Tambet Tasuja
Writer of Adapted Work Fjodor Dostojevski


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Tambet Tuisk - Rogozhin | Ragne Veensalu - Aglaya | Taavi Eelmaa - Lebedev | Juhan Ulfsak - Ippolit | Ain Lutsepp - Jepantsin | Ülle Kaljuste - Jelizaveta | Tiina Tauraite - Aleksandra | Sandra Üksküla-Uusberg - Adelaida | Roman Baskin - Totski

First releases

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  • in cinema: 12.10.2011, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 14.10.2011, with Russian subtitles, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 14.10.2011, with English subtitles, Cinema Artis, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Annual Award of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2012, Rainer Sarnet and Mart Taniel
  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2011, Special Prize - Actress of The Year: Katariina Unt
  • Award, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2011, Tridens Baltic Film Competition - Best Cinematographer: Mart Taniel; Official Competition EurAsia

Partners and Sponsors

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