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Purge (2012)

Original title: Puhastus

Based on the novel "Purge" by Sofi Oksanen

Feature film | Drama Duration 125:00


Zara is a young prostitute who manages to escape from the Russian mafia that has enslaved her. She hides herself in a lonely forest farm where her only Estonian relative Aliide lives. The story of these two women takes us back in time for several decades, telling about fatal love and jealousy, hatred and violence, war and deportation, betrayal and death. Inhuman conditions magnify inhuman behaviour, fixed ideas and hate. Even if the times have changed, violence is still there, in disguise.

Director: Antti J. Jokinen

Keywords: historical treatment | jealousy | human traffic | pursuing | members of KGB | obsession | Communist | pimp | deportation | redemption | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Taska Film, Solar Films (Finland)
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, Russian
Duration 125:00


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Sonja Nüganen - 10-year-old Linda | Kaisa Kaljusaar - 4-year-old Linda | Laura Kiis - Newborn Linda | Tomi Salmela - MIlitiaman | Panu Vauhkonen - Tall Man | Jaanika Arum - Katya | Jarmo Mäkinen - Lavrenti | Petteri Pennilä - Andrey | Sergei Enkvist - Man in a Leather Jacket

First releases

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  • in cinema: 30.08.2012, Nokia Kontserdimaja (Tallinn), Estonia
  • in cinema: 7.09.2012, Finland
  • in cinema: 26.10.2012, Iceland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy (Finland), 2012
  • Participation, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2012, Kirjeldustõlkega eriseanss kinos "Sõprus" 17. nov.
  • Award, Tiburon International Film Festival (California, USA), 2013, kaks auhinda - parim režissöör Antti Jokinen; parim operaatoritöö - Rauno Ronkainen

Partners and Sponsors

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