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Men at Arms (2005)

Original title: Malev

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Feature film | Epic, historical | Comedy Duration 109:00

Estonia and Livonia at the beginning of 13th century. German Order has come to conquer and baptize local people living in harmony with nature. Uru, a young man with Estonian roots, has been taken as a prisoner to Europe where he acquires education. He is looking for balance between staying an Estonian and becoming an European. Behind Uru's inner conflict are complicated international intrigues and crazy adventures; the future of his homeland depends on him. Uru together with his friend Tugis fight with Hippolyt, the cruel Vogt of Jurmala. Also, Uru must win the love of his loved one, Ilge. ...

Director: Kaaren Kaer

Keywords: naked man | falling in love | courtship | law of the first night | Europefication | Vogt | bonfire on Midsummer's Eve | cruelty | plague | Catholic Church | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Exitfilm, Õ-Fraktsioon
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Epic, historical, Comedy
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles Estonian
Duration 109:00


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Producer Anneli Ahven
Co-producer Erik Moora | Tõnis Leht | Lauri Lippmaa
Director Kaaren Kaer
Screenwriter Kaaren Kaer | Tõnis Leht | Lauri Lippmaa | Erik Moora
Cinematographer Andrus Prikk
Production Desinger Marge Martin | Leen Võrno
Composer Ülo Krigul
Sound Designer Horret Kuus | Olger Bernadt
Editor Tambet Tasuja | Jüri Šestakov | Märten Vaher


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Aivar Rand - Telemachos Krõbe - Master of the Order of the Temple | Ago Roo - Pope Innocentius III | Kusti Laid - Little Uru | Tiit Sukk - Wise man of the cave | Tarmo Tagamets - Brother Joschka, Vesse | Mihkel Kabel - Pent, elder of Nurmekund people | Ago Anderson - Elder of Alempois people | Jim Ashilevi - Kaupo, elder of Livonians | Tarmo Männard - Elder of Ridala people

First releases

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  • at other places: 07.09.2005, Student Club (Sõbramaja), Tartu, Estonia
  • in cinema: 09.09.2005, Tallinn, Tartu, Estonia
  • at other places: 05.08.2005, Toshkent, Uzbekistan

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Riga International Film Festival (Latvia), 2006, International Competiton - Grand Prix
  • Participation, Baltic Film Festival (Berlin, Germany), 2006, New Baltic Features
  • Participation, EstDocs - Estonian Documentary Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), 2006

Partners and Sponsors

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