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Awakening (1989)

Original title: Äratus

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Feature film | Drama Duration 102:49


It is the night of March 25, 1949. The full moon hangs over Estonia. Endless rows of cattle cars are waiting to transport thousands of Estonian families, asleep in their homes, to Siberia. The Stalinist regime is ready to treat people like animals while using violence. But people are not animals. They have souls and emotions which get hurt. Deporters cannot read from their lists what kind of powers will be disentangled that night. Dignity and Disobedience won't be there. The constructors of a new human being, disguised into a Man and a Woman, cannot expect this. Neither will ...

Director: Jüri Sillart

Keywords: invincibility | greed | fears | farewell | forsaking humanity | crime against humanity | drinking parties | security operation | bone of contention | bell ringer | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Full length feature, Feature film
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Duration 102:49


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Director Jüri Sillart
Screenwriter Rein Saluri
Cinematographer Mait Mäekivi
Art Director Toomas Hõrak | Ann Lumiste | Heikki Halla
Costume Designer Ann Lumiste
Composer Kuldar Sink
Sound Designer Mati Schönberg
Editor Marju Juhkum
Content Editor Tiina Lokk
Managing Director Piret Tibbo | Karl Levoll


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Arvo Kukumägi - Kaarel Peterson | Anne Paluver - Salme Peterson | Jaan Rekkor - Peeter Kängsepp | Mati Klooren - Richardi Sass | Katrin Kohv - Vennaru Linda | Feliks Kark - Ants Tammemets | Vladimir Laptev - II Officer | Liina Lintrop - Little Liisi

First releases

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  • in cinema: 22.02.1990, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Monstra Internationale del Film d'Auttore (San Remo, Italy), 1989, Žürii eripreemia
  • Award, Espoo Ciné International Film Festival (Finland) , 1990, Nyrki Tapiovaara preemia: Äratus
  • Participation, Riga International Film Festival (Latvia), 1990, Põhiprogrammis

Partners and Sponsors

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