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Goodbye Soviet Union (2020)

Original title: Hüvasti, NSVL

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Feature film | Comedy | Drama Duration 91:00

Goodbye Soviet Union

Lauri Randla’s first full length feature film is a comedy about the adventures of the Ingrian-Finnish Tarkkinen family in the last days of the Soviet Union. Johannes is born into an eccentric family in the Estonian Soviet Republic. When his mother leaves for Finland, and he’s left to be raised by his grandparents, snappy Johannes is forced to face life on his own. He falls deeply in love with his classmate, Vera, takes risks, gets into fights, and gets punished… all the while, in the background, the Evil Empire collapses. As the Lenins fall and the Barbie dolls take ...

Director: Lauri Randla

Keywords: absurd situation | Afghanistan War | aggressiveness | juvenile committees | bribe | bribing | love | yearning for love | falling in love | being in love | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Exitfilm
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Comedy, Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Duration 91:00


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Producer Peeter Urbla
Co-producer Misha Jaari | Mark Lwoff
Director Lauri Randla
Screenwriter Lauri Randla
Cinematographer Elen Lotman
Production Desinger Jaana Jüris
Costume Designer Mare Raidma
Composer Lauri Randla
Sound Designer Karri Niinivaara
Editor Leo Liesvirta | Andres Hallik


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Nika Savolainen - Johannes’ mother | Ülle Kaljuste - Grandmother | Tõnu Oja - Grandfather | Pääru Oja - Uncle Kolja | Jekaterina Novosjolova - Lidia | Elene Baratšvili - Vera | Dima Bespalov - Gena | Sten Karpov - Tamerlan | Tatjana Manevskaja - Teacher Ivanova

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 18.11 2020, International Premiere, PÖFF, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2020
  • Participation, PÖFF: KinoFF (Narva, Kohtla-Järve; Estonia), 2020
  • Nomination, JUSSI - Annual Award of Finnish Film Industry (Finland), 2021, Mare Raidma - Best Costume Design; Gristina Pahmann - Best Make-Up

Partners and Sponsors

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