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The Last Relic (1969)

Original title: Viimne reliikvia

Based on the story "Prince Gabriel or the Last Days of Pirita Monastery" by Eduard Bornhöhe

Digitally remastered in 2002

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Feature film | Adventure Duration 86:00

It is the 16th century in Livonia. Hans von Risbieter, a young knight, inherits a chest with the remains of St Bridget - this is a relic desired by the convent. Risbieter agrees to give up the chest on one condition - if he can marry Agnes von Mönnikhusen, an angelic young niece of the abbess. Agnes, however, is in love with a freeman Gabriel who bravely stands for freedom and justice. The romantic adventures are intermingled with the explosive resentment of Estonians fighting the war of independence. The historical background of the film has been able to arouse interest ...

Director: Grigori Kromanov

Keywords: forced marriage | abbess | putting love to the test | saving life | horses | Jesuit | two couples in love | beautiful views of nature | pretty noblewoman | Middle Ages | View all »

Photos and Galleries (25)

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Videos (3)

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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 Adventure
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Subtitles Estonian, English, Latvian, German, Finnish, Russian
Duration 86:00


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Director Grigori Kromanov
Screenwriter Arvo Valton
Cinematographer Jüri Garšnek
Production Desinger Rein Raamat
Costume Designer Helve Halla
Composer Tõnu Naissoo | Uno Naissoo
Sound Designer Roman Sabsay
Editor Virve Laev
Content Editor Lennart Meri
Writer of Adapted Work Eduard Bornhöhe
Managing Director Raimund Felt


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Valdeko Ratassepp - Father of Hans von Risbieter | Karl Kalkun - Head of rebels | Jüri Uppin - Delwig | Ago Saller - Priest | Katrin Karisma - Maid | Helmut Vaag - Tavern keeper | Hugo Laur - Wise man of the forest | Viivi Dikson - Tavern hooker

First releases

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  • in cinema: 23.03.1970, kino Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 4.01.1971, USSR
  • in cinema: 3.10.1971, Finland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czechia), 2003, Osalemine Eesti filmide retrospektiivprogrammis

Partners and Sponsors

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