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2 Hours to Happiness (2022)

Original title: 2 tundi õnneni

Documentary Duration 74:00

2 Hours to Happiness

More than 70,000 Estonians live and work in Finland, at the same time as their families, parents, children and homes are in Estonia.
The documentary film speaks about adjusting to new conditions, sticking to and loosing one’s roots, the yearning for and the search for happiness. The film is a humorously wistful documentation of families living in the snowy fields of Lapland, apartments in Vantaa, on the staircases of shopping malls, at construction sites, hotel lobbies, and of grandchildren in the living rooms of Estonian grandmothers who are waiting for their children to come home.

Director: Moonika Siimets

Keywords: spouses | playing a computer game | assimileerumine | driving a car | Estonian language | eesti keele tund | Eesti-Soome suhted | Estonians abroad | construction workers | construction workers at work | View all »

Photos and Galleries (5)

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Amrion
Film Category Documentary, Problem oriented
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, Russian
Subtitles English, Russian
Duration 74:00


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Producer Riina Sildos
Director Moonika Siimets
Screenwriter Moonika Siimets
Cinematographer Rein Kotov
Composer Ann Reimann
Sound Designer Horret Kuus
Editor Andreas Lenk

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2022, Rein Kotov - for cinematography

Partners and Sponsors

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