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The Temptation of St. Tony (2009)

Original title: Püha Tõnu kiusamine

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Feature film | Drama Duration 110:00

Eastern Europe, the new century. The dog-eat-dog laws and dog-eat-dog appetite rule. Yet, there are still a few people left looking for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - perhaps for designing quality office furniture out of it. Tõnu has reached his mid-life years, finding himself in the darkening forest once described by Dante. His moderately prosperous and peaceful life is being shadowed by an unusual moral issue whether it is possible to be a good human being. What does it mean to be a good human being, both for himself and in general? On his journey ...

Director: Veiko Õunpuu

Keywords: naked man | surrendering | cowardliness | racing to the sea by car | decadence | self-pity | giant | saving one's soul | inconsideration | personal responsibility | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Homeless Bob Production
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full lenght feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian, German, French
Duration 110:00

Crew

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Producer Katrin Kissa
Co-producer Kristina Åberg | Lisa Taube | Tomas Eskilsson | Tero Kaukomaa | Jesse Fryckman
Director Veiko Õunpuu
Screenwriter Veiko Õunpuu
Cinematographer Mart Taniel
Art Director Markku Pätilä | Jaagup Roomet
Costume Designer Helen Ehandi | Aldo Järvsoo | Jaanus Orgusaar
Composer Ülo Krigul
Sound Designer Janne Laine
Editor Thomas Lagerman

Cast

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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Sten Ljunggren - Herr Meister | Denis Lavant - Count Korzybski | Rain Tolk - Kleine Wille | Taavi Teplenkov - Urbo | Marika Barabanštšikova - Urbo's wife | Juhan Ulfsak - Travelling companion | Peeter Volkonski - Fence builder | Andres Puustusmaa - Fence builder | Evald Aavik - Minister

First releases

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  • in cinema: 10.10.2009, Solaris Cinamon Cinema opening film, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 22.04.2011, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Cannes Film Festival (France), 2008, MEDIA 2008 European Talent Award: Veiko Õunpuu (for the feature film project The Temptation of St. Tony)
  • Prize, Annual Award of AV Division of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2009, Best Film of the Year
  • Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czechia), 2010, East of the West: International Competition - Special Jury Mention

Partners and Sponsors

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