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The Circle (2019)

Original title: Südamering

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Documentary Duration 94:00

The Circle

The film follows a group of adults and their children who in the summer of 2014, decide to leave their customary life arrangement and start the first eco-conscious community in Estonia. Combining their savings, they buy an old manor, 3750 square meters of half-decayed buildings along with 33 hectares of agricultural land. Before them, the manor accommodated a nursing home. Five families move in – 12 adults and 6 children. Their experiment was inspired by spreading movement of eco-communities, in order to try out in a smaller constellation a new life arrangement that concentrates on non-violent harmonic relationships, co-operation, nature ...

Director: Margit Lillak

Keywords: gardening patch | horticulture | gardening work | washing windows | alternative lifestyle | development | love | breaking someone's heart | lack of love | budding love | View all »

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Allfilm
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 94:00


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Producer Johanna Trass
Director Margit Lillak
Cinematographer Mihkel Soe | Margit Lillak
Composer Sten Sheripov
Editor Jaak Ollino jr | Helis Hirve

First releases

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  • in cinema: 27.10.2019, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czechia), 2019, Competition programme: Between the Seas
  • Participation, DocPoint Tallinn (Estonia), 2020, Opening film

Partners and Sponsors

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