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The Riddle of Jaan Niemand (2018)

Original title: Põrgu Jaan

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Feature film | Drama | Fairy Tale | Thriller Duration 105:00

Somewhere in Estonia at the beginning of the 18th century, after ten years of war, plague and famine, the land is swept clean of people. An anxious silence hangs over the land.
On one starry night, two peasants find a stranger on the seashore. He’s disheveled and comatose. They take him to the local manor lord and bring him back to consciousness. When he opens his eyes, he realizes that he can’t remember who he is or how he got there. He’s just as much a stranger to himself as to the people around him. By force of circumstance, he must stay ...

Director: Kaur Kokk

Keywords: atmosphere of an era | tragedy of an era | apathy | doctor | being mislead | losing one's mother | self-discovery | self-definition | self-revelation | wounded | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Homeless Bob Production
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama, Fairy Tale, Thriller
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 105:00


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Producer Katrin Kissa
Director Kaur Kokk
Screenwriter Kaur Kokk | Anti Naulainen
Cinematographer Mart Taniel
Art Director Matis Mäesalu
Costume Designer Jaanus Vahtra
Composer Ülo Krigul
Sound Designer Matis Rei
Editor Velasco Broca | Marion Koppel


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Peeter Volkonski - HInrik | Pääru Oja - Tiidrik | Egon Nuter - Bailiff | Jan Sebastian Sutt - Albert | Adele Taska - Eia | Villu Kangur - Jakup | Anne Türnpu - Woman

First releases

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  • in cinema: 04.10.2018, Cinema Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia
  • at other places: 05.10.2018, restaurant Suur Muna, Haanja, Estonia
  • in cinema: 05.10.2018, over Estonia, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2019, Mart Taniel - Best Cinematographer (for "The Riddle Of Jaan Niemand" and "The Man Who Surprised Everyone")
  • Award, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2019, Best Sound Designer, Best Costume Designer
  • Nomination, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2019, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, Best Production Designer

Partners and Sponsors

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