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Grandma, meet Mary (2021)

Original title: Vanaema, saa tuttavaks

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Feature film | Comedy | Drama | Romance Duration 18:44

Grandma, meet Mary

At the center of the short film we find an ordinary family struggling with generational differences about what it means to love and live a full life. The main character Virve (Tiina Mälberg), a middle-aged perfectionist, has gone to great lengths to make sure her mother’s (Ines Aru) jubilee would be a perfectly traditional family celebration. Her plans are interrupted by her niece Silvia (Grete Konksi) who arrives to the party with her same-sex partner Mary (Jaanika Arum).
Grandma and grandpa are clueless and welcome Mary to the table because they remember her as a childhood friend of their granddaughter.
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Director: Kaire Russ

Keywords: prejudices | partners | mother | mother | celebrating anniversary | jubilarian | child | grandchild | family | idyllic family life | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Sygistuul
Film Category Feature film, Short
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 18:44


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Executive Producer Pille Pudel
Producer Kaire Russ
Co-producer Tanel Jan Palgi | Eve Tisler
Director Kaire Russ
Screenwriter Kaire Russ | Eve Tisler
Cinematographer Carolyn Niitla
Production Desinger Kairi Mändla
Composer Toomas Lunge
Sound Designer Liis Karlson
Editor Urmas Salu


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ines Aru - Grandma | Riho Rosberg - Meelis | Raivo Trass - Grandfather | Steffi Viita - Sirli | Andres Roosileht - Vaiko | Mait Joorits - Margus | Eliis Uudeküll - Kädi | Jaanika Arum - Mary | Haron Aasa - Tupsu

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 17.11.2021, World premiere, PÖFF Shorts, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, PÖFF Shorts (Tallinn, Tartu; Estonia), 2021, Programme: Shorts National Competition 2
  • Nomination, EFTA - National Estonian Film and Television Awards (Estonia), 2022
  • Award, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), 2022, Best Short Feature

Partners and Sponsors

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