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The Ideal Landscape (1980)

Original title: Ideaalmaastik

Based on the story "The deputy of spring sowing" by Karl Helemäe

Digitally remastered in 2008

Feature film | Drama Duration 85:55

The beginning of 1950s. Mait Kukemeri from the Young Communist League is appointed to improve the process of spring sowing in a collective farm. The leader of the collective farm together with his fellow farmers won't rush to the field since the soil is too wet for sowing and there is not enough seed grain. But the authorities want the results. So the young deputy has to find a solution at any price. He will discover new things about life and himself during that crazy yet bright spring.

Director: Peeter Simm

Keywords: agitating | falling in love | self-esteem | fears | white lies | disabled | football game | spring | farmwork in spring | fast-flowing river | 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 Estonian, German
Dubbing Russian
Subtitles Russian
Duration 85:55


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Director Peeter Simm
Screenwriter Karl Helemäe
Cinematographer Arvo Iho
Production Desinger Priit Vaher
Costume Designer Helve Halla
Composer Erkki-Sven Tüür
Sound Designer Raimond Schönberg
Editor Kai Schönberg | Sirje Haagel
Content Editor Toomas Raudam
Writer of Adapted Work Karl Helemäe
Managing Director Veronika Bobossova


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Paul Poom - Peeter Viksur | Aire Johanson - Viksur's wife | Urmas Kibuspuu - Vidrik Kits | Aarne Üksküla - Liina's father | Konstantin Žukovski - Old Kits | Helle Kuningas - Asseri's aunt | Viire Valdma - Reet Pärn

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 20.04.1981, Cinema House, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 23.04.1981, Cinemas in Tallnn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 24.10.2008 digitally restored version, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, USSR Festival of Young Filmmakers (USSR), 19181, Diploma for Best Directing - Peeter Simm
  • Award, Tallinn Polytechnic Institute Film Festival (Tallinn, USSR), 1981, Estonian Filmmakers' Union Award Pääsuke; Town Committee of Tallinn Award - Best Full Length Debut Feature Film
  • Award, USSR Film Festival (USSR), 1982, Best Directing Debut - Peeter Simm "The Ideal Landscape"; Best Actor - Arvo Kukumägi

Partners and Sponsors

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