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Rodeo - Taming a Wild Country (2018)

Original title: Rodeo

Documentary Duration 77:00

It is 1992 and the first free elections held in Estonia since World War II have to the surprise of all brought to power young and idealistic political forces. They are led by 32-year-old Mart Laar, Europe’s youngest prime minister, who is charged with crafting a country out of chaos. This is a story about gaining and losing trust, about the widening conflict between idealists and a rising economic elite, when a prime minister’s good options grow fewer by the day.

Director: Raimo Jõerand | Kiur Aarma

Keywords: high principles | being high-principled | gas station | regaining of independence of Estonia | finantskriis | finantsprobleem | overcoming fear | slipping the ballot into the box | patriotic ideals | Minister of Justice | View all »

Photos and Galleries (11)

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Traumfabrik
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, English, Swedish, Finnish
Subtitles English
Duration 77:00


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Producer Kiur Aarma | Ari Matikainen
Director Raimo Jõerand | Kiur Aarma
Screenwriter Raimo Jõerand | Kiur Aarma | Ari Matikainen
Cinematographer Manfred Vainokivi
Animator Priit Tender
Composer Ardo Ran Varres
Sound Designer Horret Kuus | Henri Kuus
Editor Matti Näränen

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 29.01.2018, DocPoint, Helsinki, Finland
  • on filmfestival: 1.02.2018, DocPoint Tallinn, Estonia
  • on filmfestival: 29.04.2018, HotDocs, Toronto, Canada

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland), 2018
  • Participation, DocPoint Tallinn (Estonia), 2018
  • Participation, Hot Docs - Canadian International Documentary Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), 2018, Special programme: The Changing Face of Europe

Partners and Sponsors

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