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The Bird Watcher (1987)

Original title: Vaatleja

Feature film | Drama Duration 89:08

Estonian student Peeter meets Aleksandra in the wildlife area for birds in Far North where the landscape is beautiful and harsh. Aleksandra has not been treated well by life and she has given up hope to be happy; she just tries to survive. Peeter's pure and passionate love towards nature won't leave much space for Aleksandra's compromises. There is just one option left - to be together. And neither of them has a clue that their relationship will bring together their destinies.

Director: Arvo Iho

Keywords: Arctic nature | emotional suffering | fears | deserted island | father-son relationship | hare | seagulls | cliffs | tough life | beautiful views of nature | 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 Russian, Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 89:08


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Director Arvo Iho
Screenwriter Marina Šeptunova
Cinematographer Tatjana Loginova
Art Director Ando Keskküla | Heikki Halla
Costume Designer Anna Andreste
Composer Lepo Sumera
Editor Marju Juhkum | Ingrid Laos
Content Editor Arvo Vallikivi
Managing Director Ants Kriis


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • in cinema: 14.03.1988, "Sõprus", Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czechia), 1988, FIPRESCI auhind, “Don Quijote” auhind, parima debüüdi auhind
  • Award, Torino Film Festival (Italy), 1989, žürii eriauhind
  • Award, Rouen Nordic Film Festival (France), 1990, Grand Prix

Partners and Sponsors

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