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Death Dance (1991)

Original title: Surmatants

Feature film | Epic, historical Duration 125:48

The historical costume drama where the fragments of the lives of Bernt Notke, one of the most influential Late Gothic painter with adventurous history from Lübeck, and carpenter Michel Sittow are brought together by the story of the panel painting "Danse Macabre" by Notke and the way the painting reached Tallinn, Estonia.

Director: Tõnu Virve

Keywords: naked man | eccentric female artist | sick child | on the verge of two eras | plague | medieval town environment | shoemaker | church | queen | mayor | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Freyja Film , Sojuztelefilm (USSR)
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Epic, historical
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Latin
Subtitles English
Duration 125:48


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Director Tõnu Virve
Screenwriter Tõnu Virve | Hans H. Luik | Promet Torga
Cinematographer Mait Mäekivi
Art Director Vadim Fomitšev | Priit Vaher
Costume Designer Ann Lumiste
Composer Lepo Sumera
Editor Marju Juhkum
Managing Director Raimund Felt | Karl Levoll | Ants Kriis


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Raivo Trass - Diederek von Katwijk | Piret Kalda - Anneke / Dorothea | Andrus Vaarik - Notke's apprentice | Andres Dvinjaninov - Notke's apprentice | Mart Nurk - Notke's apprentice | Heino Mandri - Mayor of Lübeck | Rudolf Allabert - Member of the Town Council of Lübeck | Mati Klooren - Member of the Town Council of Lübeck | Ain Lutsepp - Member of the Town Council of Lübeck

First releases

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  • in cinema: 07.11.1991, Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Around the Baltic Film Festival (Gotland, Sweden), 1993

Partners and Sponsors

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