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Regilaul - Songs of the Ancient Sea (2011)

Original title: Regilaul - laulud õhust

Documentary Duration 105:00

On the shores of the Gulf of Finland, the ancient Finno-Ugric peoples originated a singing tradition of mysterious power called the Regilaul. These songs are the roots of Estonia’s renowned singing culture. Based on the continuous repetition of eight-syllable verses, they produce a haunting sound able to connect the fleeting present with the eternal circle of life. Against the stunning setting of modern Estonia, this film explores how Regi songs still fire the imagination today, weaving together people and nature through song.

Director: Ulrike Koch

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Doc Productions GmbH (Switzerland), Rühm Pluss Null
Film Category Documentary, Music Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Võro, FILM_LANGUAGE_ET_SETU
Subtitles German, English, French
Duration 105:00


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Producer Rose-Marie Schneider
Co-producer Erik Norkroos
Director Ulrike Koch
Screenwriter Ulrike Koch
Cinematographer Pio Corradi
Art Director Jan-Eric Mack
Composer Märt-Matis Lill
Sound Designer Mart Kessel-Otsa
Editor Magdolna Rokob

First releases

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  • in cinema: 20.11.2011, Zürich, Basel, Bern, Luzern, Switzerland
  • on filmfestival: 20.03.2012, opening film, Worldfilm Festival, Tartu, Estonia
  • in cinema: 22.03.2012, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, World Film Festival (Tartu, Estonia), 2012
  • Participation, Der Neue Heimatfilm (Freistadt, Austria), 2012
  • Participation, Inalco Festival (Paris, France), 2012

Partners and Sponsors

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