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Vernanda (1988)

based on Arvo Valton's short story “Vernanda leib”

Feature film | Science fiction Duration 29:00

Debut film directed Roman Baskin is an artistic caricature of totalitarian society, depicting the protagonist's arrival at an isolated city. The film was set in Sillamäe – an Estonian town where one could enter only with special permission during the Soviet times since bombs were made there. There was a factory of enriching uranium. The city called Vernanda was used as a generalization to illustrate the functioning of totalitarian society and its influence to those living under the Soviet regime.

Director: Roman Baskin

Keywords: impossibility to get help | helpless person | people behaving unnaturally | isolated city | maddening system | atmosphere of magical realism | allegories | hiding one's thoughts | accepting the situation | nightmarish atmosphere | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Short
Genre Science fiction
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English, French, German, Russian
Duration 29:00

Crew

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Director Roman Baskin
Screenwriter Arvo Valton
Cinematographer Arvo Iho
Production Desinger Hardi Volmer
Composer Erkki-Sven Tüür
Sound Designer Silvi Pruul
Editor Eevi Säde
Content Editor Tõnu Karro
Writer of Adapted Work Arvo Valton
Managing Director Tõnis Müür

Cast

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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ilmar Tammur - Jaamaülem | Jüri Järvet - Linnapea | Kaljo Kiisk - Reibas vanahärra | Vello Janson - Müüja | Heino Torga - Komisjonipoe vastuvõtja | Gunnar Kilgas - Kojamees | Aleksander Eelmaa - Mees karkudel ja motorolleril | Viire Valdma - Linnavalitsuse valvetöötaja

First releases

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  • at other places: 13.10.1988, lühifilmide õhtu, Kinomaja (Tallinn), Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Youth Film Days (Tallinn, ESSR), 01.1989
  • Participation, Film Week of Estonian Fiction Films (Tallinn, USSR), 04.1989
  • Participation, Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), 07.1989

Partners and Sponsors

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