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Funeral Diaries (2019)

Original title: Matusepäevikud

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Documentary Duration 93:00

Funeral Diaries

Three ministers have been invited from Estonia to serve the exile congregations in Toronto. By now, the main job of Jüri, Kalle and Mart is to bury the generation that fled Estonia in 1944. The documentary uses burials to talk about the disappearance of traditional funeral services and the profession of clergyman. The everyday life of the three protagonists tells a bigger story of church, faith and a fading émigré identity. The main characters have a modern and bright outlook on life and while practicing a past profession try to adopt to the ever-changing world where everything old and familiar slips ...

Director: Marko Raat

Keywords: loss of a spouse | abikaasa leinamine | spouses | different interpretation of history | distortion of history | historical treatments | historical truth | interpretation of historical events | communion | open grave | View all »

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Allfilm
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, English
Subtitles English, Estonian
Duration 93:00


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Producer Ivo Felt
Director Marko Raat
Cinematographer Marko Raat
Sound Designer Harmo Kallaste
Editor Madli Lääne

First releases

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  • in cinema: 30.01.2019, Opening film, DocPoint Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 02.2019, Cinema Artis, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Doki Kild - Estonian Documentary Guild colleague award (Estonia), 2019
  • Award, Pärnu International Documentary and Science Film Festival (Estonia), 2019, Special mention
  • Participation, DocPoint Tallinn (Estonia), 2019

Partners and Sponsors

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