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A Friend of Mine (2011)

Original title: Üks mu sõber

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Feature film | Drama Duration 102:00

After his wife dies, Mati has no wish to live any more. His colleague Ruth and daughter Mari carefully try to help him but this won't take Mati's pain away. He will eventually get hospitalized and then caregiver Sass comes to help Mati. Sass is a friend to everyone, especially those in trouble. Mati doesn't really care for being friends with anyone; but Sass's sincerity and positive world view make it impossible to turn away. It is still a long way with unpredictable turns to the knowledge that there is still love left in the world; and it seems that ...

Director: Mart Kivastik

Keywords: changing of seasons | love | love triangle | doctors | philosophy of life | vitality | self-abasement | self-deception | suicide attempt | taking care of a sick person | View all »

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Exitfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Duration 102:00


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Producer Anneli Ahven
Director Mart Kivastik
Screenwriter Mart Kivastik
Cinematographer Jarkko T. Laine
Art Director Katrin Sipelgas
Costume Designer Toomas Hõrak
Composer Ardo Ran Varres
Sound Designer Kristian Miilen | Ivo Felt
Editor Tambet Tasuja


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Markus Luik - Tõnn | Merle Jääger - Mati's wife | Tõnu Oja - Chief doctor | Raivo Adlas - Doctor | Sulev Teppart - Psychiatrist | Ursula Ratasepp - Nurse | Andres Keil - Pervert | Sandra Kurs - Girl in the library | Liina Olesk - Girl's friend in the library

First releases

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  • in cinema: 08.01.2011, Cinema Cinamon, Tartu, Estonia
  • in cinema: 08.01.2011, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Artis, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on filmfestival: 30.09.2011, Hamburg Film Festival, Germany

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Filmfest Hamburg (Germany), 2011, Eurovisuell Audience Award competition
  • Participation, Kaunas Film Festival (Lithuania), 2011, Section: Wide Angle
  • Participation, Baltic Debuts Film Festival (Svetlogorsk, Russia), 2011, Competition

Partners and Sponsors

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