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The Spring (1969)

Original title: Kevade

Digitally remastered in 2006

Based on the story "The Spring" by Oskar Luts

Feature film | Comedy | Drama Duration 83:51

During their winter term, the schoolchildren of Paunvere church parish school - Arno, Teele, Toots, Kiir, Tõnisson and Imelik - experience feelings that they will always remember later in their lives: true friendship, first love, self-discovery and finding one's purpose in life. The story is full of colourful events, vivid characters, elaborate jokes and subtle emotions, telling about the development of young people during the most sensitive years of their lives.

Director: Arvo Kruusement

Keywords: jealousy | honesty | buoyancy | wisdom | first love | river | Christmas | telling on somebody | fights with Baltic German boys | cemetery | View all »

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Comedy, Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, German
Dubbing Russian
Subtitles Estonian, English, Swedish, German, Finnish, Russian
Duration 83:51


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Director Arvo Kruusement
Screenwriter Kaljo Kiisk | Voldemar Panso
Cinematographer Harri Rehe
Production Desinger Linda Vernik
Costume Designer Krista Kajandu
Composer Veljo Tormis
Sound Designer Harald Läänemets
Editor Ludmilla Rosental
Content Editor Silvia Kiik
Writer of Adapted Work Oskar Luts
Managing Director Kullo Must


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ervin Abel - Father Kiir | Tõnu Alveus - Lesta | Kalle Eomois - Kuslap | Heikki Koort - Peterson | Heido Selmet - Visak | Raul Haaristo - Vipper

First releases

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  • at other places: 03.01.1970, Palamuse School, Estonia
  • in cinema: 04.01.1970, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 01.1971, USSR

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Award of Estonian SSR (USSR), 1972, To director Arvo Kruusement and composer Veljo Tormis
  • Award, Estonian Film Awards of the Century (Estonia), 2012, Film of the Century; The Most Notable Film Pair - Arno and Teele
  • Participation, Estonian Film Days in Lisbon (Portugal), 2023, Opening film

Partners and Sponsors

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