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Kalev (2022)

Feature film | Sport Duration 95:00


It’s the summer of 1990. The Soviet Union is teetering on the verge of collapse, while the little Baltic nations struggle to take back their lost independence. The Soviet Union`s basketball championship is set to begin on the backdrop of a deeply divided society. The Estonian team Kalev faces a momentous decision. With Estonian independence seemingly within reach, a rising tide of public opinion opposes the Estonian national team’s participation in the USSR’s championship. That would contradict the people’s aspirations for liberation. As professional athletes, the team makes the unpopular choice. The championship games start…

Director: Ove Musting

Keywords: spouses | changing the window pane | aknast väljavaatamine | bribe | bus trip | ebasportlikud võtted | life in Soviet Estonia | being late | riding a bicycle | julgeolekutöötajad | View all »

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Allfilm
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Sport
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 95:00


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Executive Producer Pille Rünk
Co-producer Maria Avdjuško
Director Ove Musting
Screenwriter Mehis Pihla | Martin Algus | Ove Musting
Cinematographer Rein Kotov
Production Desinger Tiiu-Ann Pello
Costume Designer Mare Raidma
Composer Mihkel Zilmer
Sound Designer Matis Rei
Editor Rein Kotov | Jaak Ollino jr


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ott Kartau - Ivo Saksakulm | Veiko Porkanen - Rauno Pehka | Kristjan Sarv - Margus Metstak | Siim Maaten - Andrus Nagel | Arturs Putninš - Aleksandr Karavajev | Howard Frier - George Jackson | Jonathan Peterson - Tiit Sokk | Rauno Polman - Aivar Toomiste | Mathias Einari Leedo - Marek Noormets

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 19.10.2022, International premiere, Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2023, In the categories of Best Film, Director, Actor (Mait Malmsten), Sound, Composer, Costume Design
  • Participation, OSCAR - The Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (USA), 2022, Foreign Language Film - National Nominee
  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2022, Ove Musting - debut of the year; Mait Malmsten – for the role of Jaak Salumets; Rein Kotov - for cinematography and editing

Partners and Sponsors

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