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Summer of a Newspaper Kid (2008)

Original title: Lehelapse suvi

Documentary Duration 27:39

Märten is a nine-year-old schoolboy who has made up his mind to sell newspapers in summer. This seems to be a boring and routine work in the streets of Tallinn that throws the child into the world of adults. Märten is an optimistic and active boy whose sales go well, despite the fact that selling fifteen newspapers requires stamina and optimistic attitude. He won't lose his nerve when people won't buy, and when he meets competitors and even phonies. Märten charms people with his sincerity and earns even tips. The boy has a heart even to give money to beggars.

Director: Katri Rannastu

Keywords: paperboys | beggars | competition | schoolboy | school holiday | children selling newspapers | paperboy | city noise | sales work | phony | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Vesilind
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, English, Russian, Finnish
Duration 27:39


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Producer Riho Västrik
Director Katri Rannastu
Cinematographer Joosep Matjus
Sound Designer Horret Kuus
Editor Katri Rannastu

First releases

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  • Premiere: 03.10.2008, Sõprus (Tallinn), Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, South by Southwest SXSW (Austin, USA), 03.2010, SX Global Shorts section
  • Participation, Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia), 2009
  • Participation, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2009

Partners and Sponsors

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