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The Bus (2004)

Original title: Buss

Borders no borders

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Documentary Duration 56:00

The Bus

The bus line from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, to the Russian city of Kaliningrad was opened decades ago, at the time when Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and also Russia were part of the Soviet Union — a society where there were no intra-country borders. In May 2004 the Baltic States joined the European Union and now, the Tallinn-Kaliningrad bus has to make three border crossings during one night — Estonia-Latvia, Latvia-Lithuania and Lithuania-Russia. It is the story of one bus — its journey from Tallinn to Kaliningrad. The bus travels through four countries and the passengers exchange four different currencies ...

Director: Laila Pakalniņa

Keywords: bus driver | bus trip | crowd in a bus | people of different nationalities | farewell | joy of meeting | flow | sounds of nature | highway | sleeping | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Acuba Film
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary, Observation
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian
Duration 56:00


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Producer Arko Okk
Co-producer Laila Pakalniņa | Rasa Miškinyte | Pertti Veijalainen
Director Laila Pakalniņa
Screenwriter Laila Pakalniņa
Cinematographer Ališer Hamidhodžajev | Arko Okk
Sound Designer Martti Turunen
Editor Kaspar Kallas

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 18.09.2004, LOVE & ANARCHY Helsinki International Film Festiva, Finland
  • in cinema: 1.10.2004, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Riga International Film Festival (Latvia), 2004, Best Documentary; Best Baltic Film
  • Participation, Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy (Finland), 2004
  • Participation, IDFA - International Documentary Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2004

Partners and Sponsors

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