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The Firewater (1994)

Original title: Tulivesi

The film is dedicated to those having the hard and hopeless battle with drug trading. In early 1920s, Finnish government passed the Dry Law that lasted for 12 years.

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Feature film | Thriller Duration 92:50

The Firewater

When Eerik and his companions go to another night sea trip, they are aware of the danger to get caught by the border guard. Spirit smuggling to Finland during the era of the Dry Law pays off so the risk has to be taken. After all, he needs a house to live in with Hilda, and a boat in order to work at the sea. And even if something goes wrong, an old man Nymann will help out with his money. Yet, Aleks, the new chief at the borderguard office, has different views. Having fought at the Estonian War ...

Director: Hardi Volmer

Keywords: being high-principled | love triangle | honesty | car falling from the shore | getting wounded | pretty woman | pursuing | corruption | dry law | meeting | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Faama Film, Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Thriller
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, German, Russian, Italian, English
Duration 92:50


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Producer Mati Sepping
Director Hardi Volmer
Screenwriter Ott Sandrak | Hardi Volmer
Dialogue Writer Mart Kivastik | Olev Remsu
Cinematographer Arko Okk
Production Desinger Toomas Hõrak
Costume Designer Hannes Võrno
Composer Olav Ehala
Sound Designer Tiina Pruuden
Editor Marju Juhkum
Content Editor Tõnu Karro


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ain Lutsepp - Nymann | Lembit Ulfsak - Tui | Tõnu Kark - Julius | Raivo Mets - Mart | Eduard Toman - Einari | Marko Matvere - Pilli Villu | Eve Kivi - Lulu | Arvo Kukumägi - Turkish Joss | Janika Piibemaa - Tui's secretary

First releases

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  • in cinema: 14.04.1994 , Cinema Kosmos, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 2.06.1994 , Cinema K13, Helsinki, Finland
  • on television: 19.11.1995, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Alexandria International Film Festival (Egipt), 1995, Best Debut
  • Award, Vyborg International Film Festival (Russia), 1994, Was awarded a diploma and a wristwatch by city authorities for cinematography.
  • Award, Virgin Maali - Estonian Association of Film Journalists' Annual Award (Estonia), 1995, Best Feature Film of the Year (1994)

Partners and Sponsors

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