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Trees Were ... (1985)

Original title: Puud olid ...

Based on the novel "Trees Were, Trees Were Tender Brothers" by Mats Traat

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Feature film | Drama Duration 82:06

Trees Were ...

Typhus has killed the father, mother and older son of Palanumäe farm. Hind, younger son, realizes that he won't be able to manage the shabby farm alone. Paabu, the wife of older son, is good at housework and Hind likes her; however, more help than that is needed for maintaining the farm. Jaak, the farmhand, does more harm than good. The rumour is around that when converting to orthodoxy one will lead better life in a warm country - this, of course, attracts Hind, but angers the estate owners. How come this young inexperienced man wants something else than serving ...

Director: Peeter Simm

Keywords: changing of seasons | ruins | turpitude | cowardliness | falling in love | injustice | death of a horse | horses tied to a hitching post | dusk | corporal punishment | 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 Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Duration 82:06


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Director Peeter Simm
Screenwriter Mats Traat
Cinematographer Ago Ruus
Art Director Ronald Kolmann
Costume Designer Mare Raidma
Sound Designer Jaak Elling
Editor Sirje Haagel
Content Editor Arvo Vallikivi
Writer of Adapted Work Mats Traat
Managing Director Raimund Felt


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Kaljo Kiisk - Pakk-Rätsep | Arvo Kukumägi - Vihma-Peeter | Herardo Contreras - Alajaani Märt | Margus Terasmees - Moorits | Uno Rannaveski - Jaak | Kärt Hansberg - Ell | Tõnu Aav - Müllerson | Tõnu Kark - Mõra Siimon | Evald Hermaküla - Evert Ajalik

First releases

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  • in cinema: 1986, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: november 1986, Moskva, USSR

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Estonian SSR Film Festival (USSR), 1986, Peeter Simm - Festivali organiseerimiskomitee eriauhind parimale noorele režissöörile.
  • Participation, USSR Film Festival (USSR), 1989, parim stsenarist Mats Traat

Partners and Sponsors

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