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Ülo Sooster. The Man Who Dried a Towel in the Wind (2020)

Original title: Ülo Sooster. Mees, kes kuivatas rätikut tuule käes

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Documentary Duration 84:00

Ülo Sooster. The Man Who Dried a Towel in the Wind

After seven years in a Soviet labor camp in Karaganda, the Estonian artist Ülo Sooster (1924‒1970) didn’t return to his homeland but settled in Moscow and became the most influential trend-setter for a whole generation of Soviet non-conformist artists.
In 1962 he exhibited his work Eye in the Egg at the anniversary art exhibition "30 Years of the Moscow Artists' Union" at Moscow Manege that later was a turning point in the acceptance of modern art. It resulted in Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s angry rant against "filth, decadence and sexual deviations" who threatened to send the artists to Siberia. Sooster replied with bitter humor ...

Director: Lilija Vjugina

Keywords: sending into exile | avant-garde art | avant garde creation | nõukogude kunst | artists from the Pallas Higher Art School | Surrealism | View all »

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Baltic Film Production
Film Category Portrait, Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Subtitles Estonian, Russian
Duration 84:00


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Executive Producer Marianna Kaat | Maia Avelitševa
Producer Sergei Voronin | Lilija Vjugina | Andrei Tšeglakov
Director Lilija Vjugina
Screenwriter Lilija Vjugina
Cinematographer Sergei Sõrbu
Composer Timo Steiner
Sound Designer Dmitri Natalevitš
Editor Sergei Voronin
Content Editor Natalja Kasjanova | Vivika Urbla

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, On Art - Poland (Poland), 2021, Category: Professional Feature Film - 2nd place
  • Award, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2021, Best composer - Timo Steiner

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