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St. John’s Day (2017)

Original title: Jaanipäev

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Documentary Duration 28:00

Every bona fide Estonian has met the midsummer solistice on the island of Saaremaa - anyone who has not can’t possibly know what St. John’s celebration is truly about. On the day preceding the holiday, tens of thousands of people wait for hours in a queue that stretches for kilometers, in order to board the barge that will take them to the island.
The film portrays those who are impatiently waiting to leave the continent and the locals who will stay. The villagers cannot imagine life without the queue - they've grown up with it, some have made fortunes capitalizing on ...

Director: Aleksandr Heifets | Jaak Kilmi

Keywords: Midsummer's Day | celebrating Midsummer's Day | queue | standing in a queue | ferryboat ride | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Taiga Film
Film Category Documentary
Duration 28:00


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Producer Jaak Kilmi
Director Aleksandr Heifets | Jaak Kilmi
Screenwriter Aleksandr Heifets | Jaak Kilmi
Cinematographer Aleksandr Heifets | Taavi Arus
Sound Designer Robin Saurén
Editor Aleksandr Heifets
Content Editor Roald Johannson

First releases

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  • in cinema: 13.03.2017, Cinema Elektriteater, Tartu, Estonia
  • in cinema: 22.03.2017, Cinema Artis, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 19.04.2017, ETV, Estonia

Partners and Sponsors

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