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Taarka (2008)

Based on the play "Taarka" by Kauksi Ülle

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Feature film | Biographical | Drama Duration 96:19

When young Taarka plays the frog and prince game with her friend Vasso and kisses him, her destiny is already being changed - Taarka's father has gambled away all his money and his daughter's silver jewelry in the tavern. Taarka has a great singing talent but since she is poor and has dark complexion her boyfriend Vasso is told not to marry her. When Taarka gives birth to twins, Vasso is nowhere to be seen. She struggles through life alone and becomes a self-confident woman living according to her own rules. She is known as the Mother of Song ...

Director: Ain Mäeots

Keywords: yielding | mother-daughter relationship | extraordinary personality | first love | folklorists | whoring | going berserk | dispatcher | card game | kaasavaratu | View all »

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Exitfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Biographical, Drama
Text / Dialogue FILM_LANGUAGE_ET_SETU, Estonian, Russian
Subtitles English, Estonian
Duration 96:19


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Producer Anneli Ahven
Director Ain Mäeots
Screenwriter Mart Kivastik | Ain Mäeots | Hardi Volmer | Elo Selirand | Ülle Kauksi
Cinematographer Elen Lotman
Art Director Elo Soode
Costume Designer Eva-Maria Gramakovski
Composer Andres Lõo
Sound Designer Tiina Andreas
Editor Eik Lattu | Maarek Toompere
Content Editor Tiina Lokk
Writer of Adapted Work Ülle Kauksi


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Toomas Lõhmuste - Dispatcher | Peeter Volkonski - Priest Raag | Hendrik Toompere jr - Artist | Tanel Jonas - Rüa Piitre | Inara Luigas - Rüa Piitre's wife | Riho Kütsar - Rüa Ivvan | Hilje Murel - Nasta/ Housewife at Kukumäe | Silvi Jansons - Old housewife at Kukumäe | Kaire Vilgats - Kukumäe's sister

First releases

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  • at other places: 11.08.2008, Town Hall Square, Tartu, Estonia
  • at other places: 05.08.2008, Cinema bus Kinobuss, Meremäe, Estonia
  • on television: 23.12.2009, ETV2, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, PÖFF: tARTuFF - Tartu Love Film Festival (Estonia) , 2008, Audience Award
  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2008, Best Debut Award: Ain Mäeots
  • Prize, Anne Vabarna Cultural Award (Estonia), 2008

Partners and Sponsors

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