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The Maggot Feeder (2012)

Original title: Ussinuumaja

A Chukchi folk tale

Animation Duration 15:28

A man decides to kill his wife because she can't have children. He builds a stone house on the seashore and starts to grow maggots in it. When the maggots are as thick as a wrist, he invites his wife for a walk on the beach...
The Maggot Feeder is an ancient Chukchi folk tale. It takes us on a journey to the darkest alleys of the human mind.

Director: Priit Tender

Keywords: warning | seals | seal fishery | dark sides of human soul | julm hülgekütt | cruelty | punishment | violation | childless woman | man-woman relationship | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Eesti Joonisfilm
Color color
Film Category Animation, Cartoon
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 15:28


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Producer Kalev Tamm
Director Priit Tender
Screenwriter Priit Tender
Cinematographer Tauno Ööbik | Marje-Ly Liiv
Art Director Priit Tender
Animator Marje Ale | Karina Golovin | Ülle Metsur | Tarmo Vaarmets
Composer Olga Letykai
Editor Priit Tender


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • in cinema: 1.11.2012, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • at other places: 25.08.2012, Provideniye, Chukotka Autonomous Region, Russia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2012, Animation Film of the Year: Priit Tender
  • Prize, Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS (Latvia), 2013, Best Baltic Film
  • Award, ReAnimania - Yerevan International Animation Film Festival (Yerevan, Armenia), 2013, Special Award by Armenian Cinema Union

Partners and Sponsors

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