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Heart of the Bear (2001)

Original title: Karu süda

Based on the novel "The Heart of the Bear" by Nikolai Baturin

Feature film | Drama Duration 124:00

The magic of Siberia brings hunter Niika back to the lands of Nordic people. Despite of the hospitality of the Nganasan people it turns out that Niika's destiny is not in his own hands but will be determined by the forces of nature. He can rediscover himself only when he is ready to experience passion and pain, desperation and unforgivable sin. He must meet his own shadow, to love a woman for whom no one else is left, and to kill his friend. The only way to escape his fate is to get the heart of the bear.

Director: Arvo Iho

Keywords: naked lovers | naked man | alcoholism | self-pity | soul | infant | hunting hut | hunting | river | Christmas | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Faama Film, Cumulus Projekt
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Voiceower Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Subtitles English
Duration 124:00


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Producer Mati Sepping
Co-producer Manfred Durniok | Andrei Zertsalov | Tõnu Karro | Zdenek Stehno | Jana Tomsovà | Arvo Iho
Director Arvo Iho
Screenwriter Arvo Iho | Nikolai Baturin | Rustam Ibragimbekov
Cinematographer Rein Kotov
Production Desinger Silver Vahtre
Costume Designer Andro Kööp
Composer Peeter Vähi
Sound Designer Enn Säde | Viktor Strohhov | Igor Terehhov
Editor Sirje Haagel | Arvo Iho | Ahti Tubin
Writer of Adapted Work Nikolai Baturin


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Külli Teetamm - Laima | Lembit Ulfsak - Siimon | Arvo Kukumägi - Venjamin | Galina Bokaševskaja - Katerina | Tatjana Legantjeva - Päevakiir | Merle Palmiste - Hallike | Farhatdin Mahhamatdinov - Gauk | Olja Penner - Mavra | Mihhail Matvejev - Kasimir

First releases

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  • in cinema: 06.09.2001, CC Plaza, Estonia
  • in cinema: 25.10.2001, Czech Republic
  • in cinema: 14.01.2002, Helsinki, Finland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Nomination, European Film Awards, 2001, European Cinematographer Nomination: Rein Kotov; Official Selection
  • Award, KINOSHOCK - Open Film Festival for states of the CIS and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Anapa, Russia), 2002, Best Actor: Rain Simmul
  • Award, East-West - Baku International Film Festival (Azerbaijan), 2002, Special Mention: Rain Simmul

Partners and Sponsors

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