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The Year of the Monkey (2003)

Original title: Ahviaasta

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Animation Duration 11:51

The animated film “The Year of the Monkey” is a story of a monkey who lives in a zoo and, as chance would have it, is forced to start living like a human being. The monkey is mistaken for a drunken Santa Claus who got lost and ended up in the zoo, and he is taken away for treatment of alcohol abuse. There all the monkey’s hairs are shaved off, after which he outwardly seems to be a proper citizen. Human society quickly accepts its new member, the shaved monkey, and the monkey becomes an honoured public ...

Director: Ülo Pikkov

Keywords: getting married | marital responsibilities | monkey | love | public figures | success story | film star | desires | Santa Claus | heroic deed | 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
Duration 11:51

First releases

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  • in cinema: 29.05.2003, Cinema Kosmos, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Mecal International Short Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain), 2003, Obliqua Award
  • Award, BIMINI - International Festival of Animation Films (Riga, Latvia; Batumi, Georgia), 2004
  • Participation, TINDIRINDIS - International Animation Film Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania), 2003

Partners and Sponsors

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