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Wunderkind (2010)

Original title: Tsirkuselaps

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Documentary Duration 53:25

As a five-year-old prodigy, he became a circus attraction. At the age of eight, the young virtuoso entertained Tsar Nicholas II and his Court. By the age of 17, he was an eagerly anticipated performer on the best stages of Europe. A year later, he conquered America as a xylophone virtuoso. He has been referred to as the world’s best jazz imitator.
A tap-dancer and superb violinist.
Audiences in Soviet Russia gave him standing ovations… in Soviet Georgia, he was the object of mass adulation.
His stage career lasted for 80 years.
So, who was this amazing artist?... The answer awaits you in ...

Director: Manfred Vainokivi

Keywords: loss of a spouse | jealousy | falling in love | artist | exceptional talent | variety show | prodigy | imitaator | interpreter | affection | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Filmivabrik
Film Category Documentary, Portrait
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 53:25


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Producer Marju Lepp
Director Manfred Vainokivi
Screenwriter Manfred Vainokivi
Cinematographer Manfred Vainokivi
Animator Alari Heinlo
Sound Designer Ivo Felt
Editor Kersti Miilen

First releases

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  • in cinema: 10.09.2010, kinos Solaris (Tallinn), Estonia
  • on television: 13.04.2011, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2010, Tridens Baltic Film Competition

Partners and Sponsors

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