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Graveyard Keeper's Daughter (2011)

Original title: Surnuaiavahi tütar

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Feature film | Drama Duration 98:19

Lucia leads a carefree life in a small town of Estonia but her grades at school are not that good so the teachers are worried. Lucia's father Kaido is a graveyard keeper and repairs cars in the meantime; her mother Maria has lost her job and since then been drinking with her unemployed friends. Neither of them has time to help Lucia with her school. The child protection inspector is about to check their case when the family is unexpectedly invited to visit a Finnish family. They spend a week with priest Sirpa's family after which Lucia will have a ...

Director: Katrin Laur

Keywords: alcoholism | love | car repair shop | child with Down syndrome | enterprisingness | graves | gravedigger | angel | drunkards | drinking parties | View all »

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Estinfilm, Content Providers
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, Russian
Subtitles English
Duration 98:19


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Producer Mati Sepping
Co-producer Katrin Laur
Director Katrin Laur
Screenwriter Katrin Laur
Cinematographer Anssi Leino
Production Desinger Eugen Tamberg
Composer Pärt Uusberg
Sound Designer Ants Andreas | Tiina Andreas | Matis Rei
Editor Kersti Miilen


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ülle Kaljuste - Anne | Arvo Kukumägi - Joss | Eva Klemets - Teacher Mets | Kersti Kreismann - Teacher Purga | Karin Tammaru - Head of school Jaaksoo | Epp Eespäev - Tuvike | Kristel Leesmend - Ilse | Andres Tabun - Robert | Terje Pennie - Liivi from the shop

First releases

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  • in cinema: 23.02.2011, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 04.09.2011, TV3, Estonia
  • in cinema: 20.04.2011 , Turku, Finland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival (Egypt), 09.2012, International competition, The Bronze Djed for Best First Feature Film
  • Award, Golden Knight International Film Festival (Russia), 05.2012, Best Supporting Actress - Maria Avdjushko
  • Award, Riga International Film Festival (Latvia), 2011, Baltic competition Best Baltic Film / FIPRESCI Prize

Partners and Sponsors

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