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Woman Heating the Sauna (1978)

Original title: Naine kütab sauna

Based on the novel "Winter Holiday" by Villem Gross

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Feature film | Drama Duration 66:28

Woman Heating the Sauna

On a snowy winter day Anu Soldam comes from town to the summerhouse belonging to the company she works for in order to clean up the place and heat the sauna for bosses and foreign guests. Instead of having a few days winter holiday, Anu will face the biggest challenge of her life. The farmhouse in the neighbourhood was once the home for a happy family - Anu, her husband Tõnis and their little daughter. Now that Anu and Tõnis are divorced, they will meet again at the funeral of Aita, the old woman who had lived in the same ...

Director: Arvo Kruusement

Keywords: manager | ex-spouse | life and death | wisdom | mother-daughter relationship | clarity of soul | ice hole | callousness | long-distance call | ambulance | 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 Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian, French
Dubbing Russian
Duration 66:28


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Director Arvo Kruusement
Screenwriter Vladimir Valutski
Cinematographer Jüri Garšnek
Art Director Imbi Lind
Costume Designer Imbi Lind
Composer Veljo Tormis
Sound Designer Kadi Müür
Editor Sirje Haagel
Content Editor Arvo Vallikivi
Writer of Adapted Work Villem Gross
Managing Director Maret Hirtentreu


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • in cinema: 02.01.1979, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 08.1979, Moskva, USSR

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Estonian SSR Film Festival (USSR), 1980, I auhind parimale naisfilminäitlejale Ita Everile
  • Award, Tallinn Polytechnic Institute Film Festival (Tallinn, USSR), 1979, 2. koht filmile "Naine kütab sauna"

Partners and Sponsors

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