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The Dissidents (2017)

Original title: Sangarid

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Feature film | Comedy | Adventure Duration 90:00

Fast-paced action comedy “The Dissidents” takes us back to the 1980s. Three Estonian guys flee Soviet Union, because they want to have as awesome life in the free world as they’ve seen in TV series “Miami Vice”, “Knight Rider” and “Santa Barbara”. Swedes welcome friends as real heroes, who broke through the Iron Curtain. But as the media circus blows over, our dissidents discover that they’ve become nothing more than tedious immigrants. To put food on the table, they have to do something as lame as... work! But the boys are no quitters, so they come up with new crazy ...

Director: Jaak Kilmi

Keywords: Afghanistan War | signs of an era | car ride | jewellery theft | desire for easy life | dog | bodybuilding | boatride | pregnant girl | enticements of Western culture | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Taska Film
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Comedy, Adventure
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, Russian
Subtitles English, Russian
Duration 90:00


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Producer Kristian Taska
Co-producer Ilkka Y.L. Matila | Jānis Kalējs
Director Jaak Kilmi
Screenwriter Martin Algus
Cinematographer Aigars Sermukšs
Production Desinger Katrin Sipelgas
Costume Designer Anu Lensment
Composer Samuli Erkkilä | Joni Suhonen
Sound Designer Pekka Karjalainen
Editor Tambet Tasuja


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Helena Valkee | Fabian Silen | Jari Nissinen - Jarmo | Dmitrijs Paless | Ott Sepp | Kristjan Lüüs | Marika Barabanštšikova - Ralf's mother | Eliina Hiltunen | Magnus Mariuson

First releases

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  • in cinema: 15.02.2017, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia

Partners and Sponsors

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