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Phantom Owl Forest (2018)

Original title: Eia jõulud Tondikakul

Feature film | Adventure | Family Duration 90:00

The new Estonian family adventure film “Phantom Owl Forest” talks about 10-year old girl Eia whose Christmas plans take an unexpected turn, when the city girl is brought to a mysterious Southern Estonian farm for the winter holiday. At first the girl does not even realize she will soon save a doomed prival forest, bring together two people in love and untangle a secret held closely in the family.

Director: Anu Aun

Keywords: forgiving | love | ballerina | private life of a ballerina | biologist | biologists | biological diversity | Estonian farm family | egocentrism | photographer | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Luxfilm, Kinosaurus Film
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Adventure, Family
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles Estonian, English, Russian
Duration 90:00


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Producer Maie Rosmann-Lill | Maario Masing
Director Anu Aun
Screenwriter Anu Aun
Cinematographer Heiko Sikka | Ants Tammik | Karl Adami | Tarmo Mikussaar | Remo Savisaar | Tanel Topaasia
Production Desinger Matis Mäesalu | Anni Lindal
Costume Designer Eve Gutmann-Valme
Composer Sten Sheripov
Sound Designer Horret Kuus | Henri Kuus
Editor Margo Siimon


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Liis Lemsalu - Jete | Jaan Rekkor - Ott | Märt Pius - Moorits | Priit Pius - Laurits | Priit Võigemast - Oskar | Mirtel Pohla - Lilli | Anne Reemann - Juuli | Tõnu Oja - August | Tambet Tuisk - Kaarel

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 17.11.2018, opening film, PÖFF: JustFilm, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 04.12.2018, official premiere, Apollo Kino Solaris, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 07.12.2018, over Estonia, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2019, Anu Aun - Special Prize for warm and heartful film; Paula Rits - Best Female Actor; Sten Šeripov - Best Composer (for music in "Take It or Leave It" and "Phantom Owl Forest")
  • Award, SCHLINGEL - International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences (Chemnitz, Germany), 2019, European Children’s Film Award; Paula Rits - European Children’s Film Award Diamant for the best child actor;Award of the FIPRESCI jury
  • Nomination, Virgin Maali - Estonian Association of Film Journalists' Annual Award (Estonia), 2018

Partners and Sponsors

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