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Letters from the East (1995)

Original title: Kirjad idast

For Gert and Are Helbemäe

Feature film Duration 110:00

Anna travels from England back to her native country Estonia in order to find her mother whom she has lost during the war. While getting in the middle of the events of restoration of Estonian's independence, Anna meets people full of yearning for freedom. She will discover that despite of having been abroad for a long time she is still having a deep connection to her native land.

Director: Andrew Grieve

Keywords: newspaper printing | historical overview | falling in love | car ride | self-discoveries | feeling fear | human relationships | human chain | father-daughter relationship | losing one's father | View all »

Photos and Galleries (3)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Lantern East (United Kingdom)
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Text / Dialogue Estonian, English
Voiceower English
Subtitles English, Finnish
Duration 110:00


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Producer Ene Vanaveski | Jamie Brown
Co-producer Peeter Urbla | Helga Bähr | Niklas Eklöf | Stefan Andersson
Director Andrew Grieve
Screenwriter Andrew Grieve
Dialogue Writer Andrew Grieve
Cinematographer Ian Mc Millan
Art Director Bernd Lepel
Costume Designer Andrea Galer
Composer John Keane
Editor Derek Bain


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Artur Talvik - Sulev | Leida Rammo - Mrs Einer | Anu Lamp - Young Mrs Einer | Eero Vesala - Captain | Raivo Trass - Farmer | Aarne Üksküla - Old photographer | Jüri Järvet - Old journalist | Kaljo Kiisk - Old farmer | Ita Ever - Old woman

First releases

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  • at other places: 04.10.1996, United Kingdom
  • on television: 07.05.1997, Sky Movies Screen 1, United Kingdom
  • in cinema: 10.1995, Cinema House, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Nomination, Montreal World Film Festival (Canada), 1995
  • Participation, Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland, Great Britain), 1996
  • Participation, Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA), 1996

Partners and Sponsors

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