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On The Water (2020)

Original title: Vee peal

Based on the novel "On the Water" by Olavi Ruitlane

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Feature film | Comedy | Youth | Drama Duration 106:00

On The Water

Andres, the main character of the film, is a sensitive teenager raised by his strict grandparents in a small bland Soviet Estonian town. He is being bullied at school and his only friends are the drunkards, whores, and thieves living next door. Among them are a rough but sensible recidivist Valter and the simpleminded fisherman Kolla. And the only way to escape from his worries is to go fishing on the lake...
The film talks about boyhood, friendship, first love, loss of loved ones, self-discovery, and coming of age. Despite the brutality and tragedy, it is a warm and humorous story ...

Director: Peeter Simm

Keywords: love | first love | fishing | growing environment | growing pains | childhood | provincial town | death | friendship | teenager | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Filmivabrik
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Comedy, Youth, Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English, Russian
Duration 106:00


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Producer Marju Lepp | Manfred Vainokivi
Director Peeter Simm
Screenwriter Olavi Ruitlane
Cinematographer Manfred Vainokivi
Production Desinger Eugen Tamberg
Sound Designer Horret Kuus | Henri Kuus
Editor Kersti Miilen
Writer of Adapted Work Olavi Ruitlane

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 22.11.2020, World Premiere, PÖFF, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2020, Official Selection - Competition
  • Award, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2021, Best Production Design - Eugen Tamberg
  • Participation, OSCAR - The Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (USA), 2021, Foreign Language Film - National Nominee

Partners and Sponsors

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