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U.q. (2021)

Feature film | Documentary Duration 83:00


To understand the international phenomenon of Uku Kuut means to understand the ability of different musical niches, sub-genres and hidden creative explosions to not only exist, butflourish, completely independently of the mainstream. Kuut’s life, mothered by Maryn E.Coote (who you may know as the Estonian Jazz diva Marju Kuut), took him from the Soviet Union to refuge in Sweden, music studios in Los Angeles, back to a re-independent Estonia and later, fighting ALS, to speakers all around the world.
A Greek comedy captured on 8mm, VHS and BETA tape.

Director: Ivar Murd

Keywords: getting married | marriage | spouses | mosaic of an era | alcohol problems | music group playing | performance of a music group | leader of a music group | opinions | ebastabiilsus | View all »

Photos and Galleries (6)

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Film Tower
Film Category Feature film, Documentary, Portrait
Text / Dialogue Estonian, English
Subtitles Estonian, English, Russian
Duration 83:00


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Producer Margus Õunapuu
Director Ivar Murd
Screenwriter Ivar Murd
Cinematographer Uku Kuut | Ivar Murd | Margus Õunapuu
Costume Designer Helina Risti
Sound Designer Markku Tiidumaa
Editor Ivar Murd

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 26.11.2021, PÖFF, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 09.12.2021, official premiere, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 10.12.2021, in cinemas across Estonia, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2021, Ivar Murd – for the tasteful experimental portrait "u.Q."
  • Award, Days of European Film (Czechia), 2022, Programmes: Online; Film & Music - Best Music Film
  • Award, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2022, Best Editing: Ivar Murd; Best Sound: Markku Tiidumaa

Partners and Sponsors

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