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The Sounds of Kaleva (1986)

Original title: Kaleva hääled

Digitally remastered in 2009

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Documentary Duration 39:28

The documentary is divided into three parts: the first part has been dedicated to ancient bearers of memory such as Karelian rock paintings, poetry of Kalevala, the Khanti bear funeral ceremony. Taking a tour in the past has been interwoven with mythical ancient history, yet drawing parallels with today's society. In the second part Lennart Meri tells about Finnish folklore collector Elias Lönnrot's trip to Estonia and his meetings with Estonian intellectuals in 1844. Interest towards Estonian language and friendship with Faehlmann hints at mutual influence in their work while compiling "Kalevala" and "Kalevipoeg". In the third part, the filmmakers ...

Director: Lennart Meri

Keywords: historical character | historical overview | President of the Republic of Estonia | Khanti people | traveling on foot | cliffs | Karelian views of nature | Karelian people | bear funeral | linguist | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Eesti Telefilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, handi
Voiceower Estonian
Subtitles Estonian
Duration 39:28, 42:00


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Director Lennart Meri
Screenwriter Lennart Meri
Cinematographer Ago Ruus
Art Director Epp Maria Kokamägi
Composer Lepo Sumera
Sound Designer Enn Säde
Editor Kadri Kanter
Content Editor Enn Vetemaa


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • in cinema: 19.03.1986, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 27.04.1986, ETV, Estonia
  • on television: 10.01.1988, YLE, Finland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Estonian SSR Film Festival (USSR), 1986, Best Director of Science Documentary: Lennart Meri
  • Award, Days of Creativity of Eesti Telefilm (Tallinn, USSR), 1986, Diploma of Estonian Filmmakers' Union: Enn Säde, Lepo Sumera - for the best sound design

Partners and Sponsors

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