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The Little Comrade (2018)

Original title: Seltsimees laps

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Feature film | Family Duration 100:00

It is 1950 in the Soviet Estonia and the Stalinist terror machine works at full steam – 6-year-old Leelo’s school principal mother is arrested before her very eyes. “If you’re a good kid, I’ll be back soon,” are her mother’s last words as she is taken away at gunpoint. So Leelo is on her very best behaviour, but yet her mother does not return. A fear creeps into the child’s soul that it is her fault her mother was taken. The confusion only grows as “good” and “bad” no longer seem to hold any meaning in these troubled times. Why ...

Director: Moonika Siimets

Keywords: accordion play | humiliation | alley | forgiving | arrestment | sending into exile | bus driver | bus ticket inspector | bus trip | crowd in a bus | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Amrion
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Family
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian, Polish
Subtitles Russian, English, Estonian
Duration 100:00


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Producer Riina Sildos
Director Moonika Siimets
Screenwriter Moonika Siimets
Cinematographer Rein Kotov
Production Desinger Jaagup Roomet | Elo Soode
Costume Designer Kristiina Ago
Composer Tõnu Kõrvits
Sound Designer Matis Rei
Editor Tambet Tasuja
Writer of Adapted Work Leelo Tungal


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Eva Koldits - Helmes | Juhan Ulfsak - Paul Varik | Liina Vahtrik - Aunt Anne | Lembit Peterson - Grandfather Robert | Maria Klenskaja - Grandmother Minna | Julia Aug - Lyudmila | Maria Avdjuško - Makayeva

First releases

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  • in cinema: 03.2018, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, BERLINALE - Berlin International Film Festival (Germany), 2016, Co-Production Market - Special Mention (from the Eurimages Jury)
  • Award, Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), 2017, Programme of Film Projects First Look - Le Film Français Award
  • Award, Busan International Film Festival (South Korea), 2018, BNK Busan Bank Award

Partners and Sponsors

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