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Ask the Dead About the Price of Death (1977)

Title in Estonian: Surma hinda küsi surnutelt

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Feature film | Epic, historical | Drama Duration 73:00

After the attempted Communist coup d'état in December 1924, Communists continue their underground action. One of the leaders, Anton Sommer is an intelligent Communist and a man of principle who is arrested and sent to military court. He remains silent in interrogation as he considers it dishonorable to protect himself from accusations. Authorities try to make Sommer plead guilty and admit the revolutionaries' loss, but for Sommer honour is more important that life. His fellow fighter Ester pays back for him. However, when looking in the eye of Sommer's wife (as traitor) and the mother of the their children she ...

Director: Kaljo Kiisk

Keywords: being high-principled | slum atmosphere | humiliation | arrestment | self-sacrifice | self-esteem | fears | bonfire on Midsummer's Eve | pain of loss | KAPO agent | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Full length feature, Feature film
Genre Epic, historical, Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Voiceower Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Duration 73:00


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Director Kaljo Kiisk
Screenwriter Mati Unt
Dialogue Writer Mati Unt
Cinematographer Jüri Sillart
Art Director Tõnu Virve
Composer Lepo Sumera
Sound Designer Kadi Müür
Editor Ludmilla Rosental
Content Editor Jüri Müür
Managing Director Kullo Must

First releases

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  • in cinema: 10.04.1978, Estonia
  • in cinema: 8.06.1978, USSR

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, USSR Film Festival (USSR), 1978, Grand Prix and diploma to Kaljo Kiisk; Best Feature Cinematographer: Jüri Sillart: Best Actress: Maria Klenskaja
  • Prize, Competition of USSR Chemical Industry and USSR State Committee of Cinema (USSR), 1978, 1st Degree Diploma and 1st Prize - for the best use of domestic color film: Jüri Sillart
  • Participation, Taormina Film Fest (Messina, Italy), 1979

Partners and Sponsors

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