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Wild Swans (1987)

Original title: Metsluiged

Based on the fairy tale "Wild Swans" by Hans Christian Andersen

Feature film | Fairy Tale Duration 86:00

Wild Swans

Princess Elise has eleven brothers bewitched by their evil stepmother - the boys have been turned into swans. In order to break the spell, Elise must weave a shirt of stinging nettles for every brother. During the work, she must remain completely silent, otherwise his brothers will die. Evil forces follow Elise's strange silence and odd weaving work while trying to destroy hope and love.

Director: Helle Karis

Keywords: humiliation | conflict between love and dedication | good spirit | fears | courage | pursuing | suspecting | sufferings | beautiful views of nature | king | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Fairy Tale
Duration 86:00


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Director Helle Karis
Screenwriter Helle Karis | Savva Kuliš | Juhan Viiding
Cinematographer Ago Ruus
Art Director Ronald Kolmann
Costume Designer Mare Raidma
Composer Oleg Karavaitšuk
Sound Designer Kadi Müür | Mart Otsa
Editor Eevi Säde
Content Editor Loora Tarm
Writer of Adapted Work Hans Christian Andersen
Managing Director Karl Levoll


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Arvo Kruusement - Head servant | Helend Peep - Old man | Sven Raa - LIttle boy | Kaspar Jancis - Elise's brother | Levi-Danel Mägila - Elise's brother | Peter Murdmaa - Elise's brother | Jürmo Eespere - Elise's brother | Kristjan Kõver - Elise's brother | Kristjan Kruusement - Elise's brother

First releases

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  • in cinema: 18.12.1987, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: jaanuar 1989, Moskva, USSR
  • released on DVD: 22.01.2009, Russia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Giffoni Film Festival (Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy), 1988, Žürii eriauhind filmile "Metsluiged"

Partners and Sponsors

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