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I Was Here (2008)

Original title: Mina olin siin

Based on the novel "I Was Here. The First Arrest" by Sass Henno

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Feature film | Youth | Drama Duration 94:00

Seventeen-year-old Rass is involved in the group where drinking, drugs, broken families and skipping school are everyday things. Rass is convinced that he will get out of it, even if he can count only on himself - his mother is dead, he has drifted apart from his father, and his girlfriend Säde is unemployed. For love, faithfulness and trust, Rass is ready to get money from criminal sources. When Rass owes a large sum of money to his cheating business partner, the young man will accept an offer by drug dealer Olari. When after the first fifteen doses Rass is ...

Director: René Vilbre

Keywords: slum apartment | underworld | detention room | love | car accident | explosion of a car bomb | bar fight | gas station | suicide | forsaken | View all »

Photos and Galleries (23)

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Amrion, Helsinki-Filmi (Finland)
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Youth, Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles Estonian
Duration 94:00


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Producer Riina Sildos | Aleksi Bardi
Director René Vilbre
Screenwriter Ilmar Raag
Cinematographer Mait Mäekivi
Production Desinger Jaagup Roomet
Costume Designer Anu Lensment
Composer Rainer Jancis | Jimi Tenor
Sound Designer Olger Bernadt | Horret Kuus
Editor Joona Louhivuori
Writer of Adapted Work Sass Henno


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Rafael Jenokjan - Ruslan | Jaan Rekkor - Tough guy | Sten Zupping - Hefty guy | Thea Oissar - Worker at the gas station | Anne Reemann - Teacher of Estonian language | Lidia Golovataja - Teacher of Russian language | Marta Laan - Rass's deskmate | Triin Tenso - Kelly | Tanel Saar - Renita's boyfriend

First releases

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  • in cinema: 11.09.2008, Coca-Cola Plaza, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 09.09.2011, ETV, Estonia
  • on filmfestival: 08.08.2008, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2008, Best Feature Film of the Year
  • Award, DetectiveFEST - International Festival of Detective Films and Television Programs on Law-Enforcement Themes (Moscow, Russia), 2009, Category: Crime and Punishment - Winner
  • Participation, OSCAR - The Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (USA), 2008, Foreign Language Film - National Nominee

Partners and Sponsors

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