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Christmas in Vigala (1980)

Original title: Jõulud Vigalas

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Feature film | Epic, historical | Drama Duration 86:00

The Christmas of 1905 in Vigala is not the peaceful holiday. The manor house has been pillaged during the peasant's revolt; the air is full of smoke of fire and there is the premonition of inevitable punishment. Bernhard Laipmann is a tenant farmer whose wife is asking him to leave home since her husband keeps drawing the attention of the authorities. Having doubts about leaving, Laipmann is inspired by endeavouring towards freedom and equality and alarmed by the violence of the revolution. He has not taken part in pillaging the manor house, so he should be found guilty. Nevertheless, Laipmann ...

Director: Mark Soosaar

Keywords: being high-principled | Armenian teacher | Baltic German barons | self-sacrifice | ancestors' summer manor | educated farmer | farewell to family | corporal punishment | dignity | Judean shekels | 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 Epic, historical, Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian, French
Dubbing Russian
Duration 86:00


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Director Mark Soosaar
Screenwriter Mark Soosaar
Cinematographer Mark Soosaar
Art Director Omar Volmer
Composer Veljo Tormis
Sound Designer Enn Säde
Editor Kersti Miilen
Content Editor Arvo Vallikivi
Managing Director Maret Hirtentreu | Raimund Felt


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Jaan Kaplinski - Reverend Busch | Ain Kaalep - Baron Budberg | Lora Umarova - Viola | Tõnu Kark - Pipra Mihkel, farmer | Andres Tabun - Andres, farmer | Priit Pedajas - Ants Laasi, farmer | Samuel Tääger - Tõnis Pukk, farmer | Jevgeni Alpius - Farmer | Villem Oltsmann - Farmer

First releases

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  • in cinema: 23.01.1981, Tallinn, kino Eha, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Estonian SSR Film Festival (USSR), 1983, Mark Soosaar - auhind parima operaatoritöö eest mängufilmis

Partners and Sponsors

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