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In the Crosswind (2014)

Original title: Risttuules

Feature film | Epic, historical Duration 87:00

It is 3 AM on June 14, 1941. More than 40,000 Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians are deported to Siberia by the authorities of Soviet Russia. Among then is Erna, a 27-year-old student of philosophy, mother of a small daughter and happily married. Her husband is sent to a prison camp, and Erna with her daughter and other women and children are deported to the uninhabited territories of Siberia for 15 years. Despite hunger, diseases and humiliation, Erna won't lose hope to return to her homeland one day. The film is based on true events.

Director: Martti Helde

Keywords: loss of a spouse | tragedy of an era | humiliation | love | sending into exile | harsh living conditions | battle of survival | genocide | Christmas Eve in Siberia | Officer of the Defence League | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Allfilm
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Epic, historical
Voiceower Estonian, English
Subtitles Estonian, English
Duration 87:00


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Producer Piret Tibbo-Hudgins | Pille Rünk
Co-producer Sergei Serpuhov
Director Martti Helde
Screenwriter Martti Helde
Cinematographer Erik Põllumaa
Production Desinger Reet Brandt
Costume Designer Anna-Liisa Liiver
Composer Pärt Uusberg
Sound Designer Janne Laine
Editor Liis Nimik


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • in cinema: 26.03.2014, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia
  • at other places: 25.03.2014, Theatre Endla, Pärnu, Estonia
  • in cinema: 28.03.2014, Cinema Ekraan, Tartu, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Kaljo Kiisk Stipend for Young Filmmakers (Estonia), 2012, To Martti Helde and the creative crews for the films: In the Crosswind, Burnt Mistakes
  • Award, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2014, International Competition Programme - Best Cinematographer: Erik Põllumaa; Tridens Film Competition of Feature Debuts from the Baltic Sea and Nordic Countries - Tridens Estonian Film Award; FICC Jury Award Don Quijote
  • Award, Warsaw International Film Festival (Poland), 2014, Ecumenical Jury Award

Partners and Sponsors

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