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Devil on Earth (1964)

Original title: Põrgupõhja uus Vanapagan

Based on the novel "Devil on Earth" by A.H.Tammsaare

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Feature film | Epic, historical | Drama Duration 94:40

When going to live on Earth as a human being, the Devil believes that through hard work and submissiveness it is possible to become blessed one day. His neigbour, a cunning guy Ants, laughs at the Devil's plans since these do not disturb Ants' life. He gives the Devil good advice with managing his farm named Põrgupõhja (Hell's Bottom), even if this help will cost a lot for the Devil and his family. Despite that, the Devil remains patient and keeps his faith in order to achieve his goal - until the day when Ants discovers that the Devil won't ...

Director: Grigori Kromanov | Jüri Müür

Keywords: official | medical science | otherworldly laughter | folkloric motifs | grotesque funeral | saving one's soul | breastfeeding mother | twins | patience | killing a bear | 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 length feature
Genre Epic, historical, Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Voiceower Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Duration 94:40


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Director Grigori Kromanov | Jüri Müür
Screenwriter Jüri Müür | Gennadi Kaleda
Cinematographer Jüri Garšnek
Art Director Rein Raamat
Costume Designer Natalie Mei | Heljo Talts
Composer Eino Tamberg
Sound Designer Kadi Vihalem
Editor Ludmilla Rosental
Content Editor Lembit Remmelgas
Writer of Adapted Work Anton Hansen Tammsaare
Managing Director Veronika Bobossova


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Heino Mandri - Reverend | Eili Sild - Maia | Jüri Järvet - Peter | Kaarel Karm - Doctor | Lea Unt - Riia | Olev Eskola - Constable | Jaan Saul - Kustas

First releases

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  • in cinema: 15.06.1964, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Film Festival of Baltic States, Byelorussia and Moldavia (USSR), 1964, Grand Prix - Big Amber; Diploma of USSR Filmmakers' Union
  • Participation, Estonian Film Days in Lisbon (Portugal), 2023

Partners and Sponsors

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