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We Were Eighteen (1965)

Original title: Me olime 18 aastased

Feature film | Drama Duration 88:39

We Were Eighteen

After the Coup of June, the unanimous group of graduates of a small-town high school in Estonia fall into two groups opposed to each other. Due to political views, two young people in love - Elmar and Virve - will be separated. Elmar comes from a poor family and joins the Communists; Virve from the family of intellectuals wants to keep faith to her native land. However, they will experience that emotions and ideas are two separate things. Tough times require tough decisions.

Director: Kaljo Kiisk

Keywords: graduates of upper secondary school | bandits | Estonians on opposite sides | self-confidence | ideological struggle | independent Estonia | Soviet coup-d'état in June 1940 | duplicity | members of the Defence League district | church | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full lenght feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, German, English, Russian
Duration 88:39


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Director Kaljo Kiisk
Screenwriter Ants Saar
Dialogue Writer Ants Saar
Cinematographer Jüri Garšnek
Art Director Peeter Linzbach
Costume Designer Hilda Kruusi
Composer Lembit Veevo
Sound Designer Roman Sabsay
Editor Aino Lootus
Content Editor Silvia Kiik
Managing Director Arkadi Pessegov


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Kaarel Karm - Uudam | Heino Mandri - Trossi | Franz Malmsten - Parka | Hugo Laur - Teenus | Ants Eskola - Linnus | Andres Särev - Manager | Oskar Liigand - Rink | Olev Eskola - Vikkel | Jüri Müür - Külvand

First releases

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  • in cinema: 19.07.1965, kino Kosmo (Tallinn), Estonia
  • in cinema: 11.01.1966, USSR
  • on filmfestival: 12-25.06.1965 filmi esilinastus, ENSV 25. aatapäevale pühendatud filmifestival, Estonia

Partners and Sponsors

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