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Man of Kihnu (1986)

Original title: Kihnu mees

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Documentary Duration 49:32

Twelve years after making the documentary "Woman of Kihnu" (1973), director Mark Soosaar films another documentary where the focus is on the male residents of Kihnu island. The right to organize their life has been taken away from Kihnu people: important decisions are made in the mainland, local culture is vanishing, social problems are getting worse. Local men are drinking vodka, become alcoholics, or die at sea. The filmmakers ruthlessly record situations that normally would not see any strangers as witnesses. The documentary has followed the actions of sincere people; the stories told by Mark Soosaar are both colourful and ...

Director: Mark Soosaar

Keywords: alcohol problems | officials | music group playing | discussion | car ride | performing | interview | drinking | haircut | ice fishing | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, FILM_LANGUAGES_KIHNU, Russian
Duration 49:32


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Director Mark Soosaar
Screenwriter Mark Soosaar
Cinematographer Mark Soosaar
Editor Eha Meier
Content Editor Mart Taevere
Managing Director Janika Freidkes

First releases

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  • in cinema: 03.10.1986, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, DOK LEIPZIG - International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany), 1987, Silver Dove
  • Participation, USSR Film Festival (USSR), 1987, Jury Award for the Fair and Uncompromising Reflection of Life
  • Participation, BERLINALE - Berlin International Film Festival (Germany), 1988, Panorama

Partners and Sponsors

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