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Deserters (1993)

Title in Estonian: Väekargajad

Feature film | Drama Duration 26:00

Estonian villages have become almost deserted as a result of plague and the Great Northern War. However, one woman has survived in a farm. Two starving deserters arrive to her farm – a Swede from the King Carl's army and an Estonian from the Imperial Russian army. There is not enough food for two men in the house so one has to leave, but which one? The woman has to make the decision.

Director: Talvo Pabut

Keywords: being lost in a forest | battle of survival | fears | plague | spring | views of nature | burial | mythical space-time | woman as a decision maker | famine | 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 Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Swedish, Russian
Duration 26:00


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Director Talvo Pabut
Screenwriter Talvo Pabut
Cinematographer Arko Okk
Art Director Priit Vaher
Costume Designer Priit Vaher
Composer Alo Mattiisen
Sound Designer Jaak Elling
Editor Marju Juhkum
Content Editor Tõnu Karro
Writer of Adapted Work Juhan Peegel
Managing Director Ants Tomband


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • in cinema: 13.08.1993, kino Illusioon (Tartu), Estonia

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