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The Manslayer/The Virgin/The Shadow (2017)

Original title: Mehetapja/Süütu/Vari

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Feature film | Drama Duration 141:00

The Manslayer/The Virgin/The Shadow

The Manslayer employs a theme known in Scandinavian and Estonian folklore. The time frame of the story is from the early morning of a wedding day until the early morning of the following day. The characters are driven by force majeure – the local customs and rituals which were common a hundred years ago. The leading character Maara is a young bride who is about to start her life in her new family. The Virgin, set in the spring of 1949, tells the story of a young woman called Elina, who has been deported from Ingria into Estonia. In fear ...

Director: Sulev Keedus

Keywords: entering into contract of marriage | archetypes | lack of love | opening | Spinoza's quotations | idol | suicide | ficticious marriage | waiting for Godot | calling one's mother | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) F-Seitse, Era Film (Lithuania)
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, hispaania, FILM_LANGUAGE_ET_SETU
Subtitles English
Duration 141:00


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Producer Kaie-Ene Rääk
Co-producer Rasa Miškinyte
Director Sulev Keedus
Screenwriter Sulev Keedus | Madis Kõiv
Cinematographer Erik Põllumaa | Ivar Taim
Art Director Toomas Hõrak | Anna-Liisa Liiver
Costume Designer Reet Aus | Tiiu-Ann Pello
Composer Martynas Bialobžeskis
Sound Designer Saulius Urbanavičius
Editor Kaie-Ene Rääk

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 25.11.2017, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival,Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2017, Best Cinematography; Best Music
  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2018, Director of the Year - Sulev Keedus (for "Manslayer/The Virgin/The Shadow" and "War"); Jörgen Liik and Rea Lest - Actors of the Year; Salme-Riine Uibo - Support Personnel Award
  • Nomination, Virgin Maali - Estonian Association of Film Journalists' Annual Award (Estonia), 2017

Partners and Sponsors

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