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Disco and Atomic War (2009)

Original title: Disko ja tuumasõda

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Documentary Duration 77:14

The playful documentary tells the story about a strange war of information in Estonian SSR during the 1980s when the totalitarian power confronted the heroes of pop culture. And the heroes won. Western pop culture played extremely important part in developing the world view of the Soviet youth - today this may seem rather weird. Finnish Television, that was visible only for people living in Northern Estonia, was the only window to the world of dreams and that was out of reach for the authorities to be banned. The documentary combines political action with fictional stories based on the memories ...

Director: Jaak Kilmi

Keywords: historical overview | building an antenna | deficiency | disco dance | learning disco dancing | Helsinki Charter | ideological struggle | collecting information | security | standing in a queue | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Eetriüksus
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, English, Russian
Subtitles English
Duration 77:14


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Producer Kiur Aarma
Co-producer Aleksi Bardi | Annika Sucksdorff
Director Jaak Kilmi
Screenwriter Kiur Aarma | Jaak Kilmi
Cinematographer Manfred Vainokivi
Production Desinger Manfred Vainokivi
Costume Designer Liisi Eesmaa | Helina Risti
Composer Ardo Ran Varres
Sound Designer Horret Kuus
Editor Lauri Laasik


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • in cinema: 7.04.2009, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on filmfestival: 4.09.2009, Telluride Film Festival, United States

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Annual Award of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2009, The Annual Award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment: Kiur Aarma and Jaak Kilmi
  • Award, Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival (Estonia), 2009, Best Estonian Documentary
  • Award, Warsaw International Film Festival (Poland), 2009, Documentary Competition - Best Documentary

Partners and Sponsors

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