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Ants Eskola: To Be or Not to Be (2008)

Original title: Ants Eskola: Olla või mitte olla

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Documentary | Biographical Duration 97:00

Biographical documentary about Ants Eskola, a great actor of 20th century (until 1935 also known by name as Gerhardt Esperk) who faced various times in history and survived several existential choices. With the help of archival photographs and excerpts of film, Eskola's and his contemporaries' recollections a colourful story of the actor's life is opening up, including his birth and his first florescence, the art school, theatre and variety singing, betrayal and imprisonment in Siberia, return to the stage and becoming the artist of Estonian nation, children and grandchildren, Russia and the United States of America. It turns out that ...

Director: Kristjan Paul Esperk-Virve

Keywords: historical treatment | cavalry soldier | arrestment | scenery artist | demonstrants | life in Soviet Estonia | life in the Republic of Estonia | amateur cameraman | ideological propaganda | yearning | View all »

Photos and Galleries (8)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Kaos World Studios
Film Category Portrey, Documentary
Genre Biographical
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Duration 97:00


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Producer Kristjan Paul Esperk-Virve
Director Kristjan Paul Esperk-Virve
Screenwriter Kristjan Paul Esperk-Virve
Cinematographer Igor Ruus
Composer Ardo Ran Varres
Content Editor Kalju Haan

First releases

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  • in cinema: 18.09.2008, kino Sõprus (Tallinn), Estonia
  • on television: 18.02.2009, ETV, Estonia

Partners and Sponsors

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