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511 Best Photographs of Mars (1968)

Original title: 511 paremat fotot Marsist

Digitally remastered in 2009

Documentary Duration 14:17

The film introduces a selection of various guest types in cafes and night clubs in late 1960s when old ladies still had some bourgeois manners from the first republic of Estonia and the youngsters of the Soviet regime were not served in a restaurant if they had no proper clothing. The guests of Tallinn's legendary cafes "Pearl" and "Moscow" were filmed in their own time. The uniqueness of the film is expressed through a strangely independent soundtrack that observes everyday bustle from the heights of melancholy poetry and remote uranography. Artur Alliksaar's poetry is read by Aarne Üksküla.

Director: Andres Sööt

Keywords: poetry by A. Alliksaar | wasting time | atmosphere of an era | historical document | astronomy | beat music | guides | yearning | feeling bored | bored expressions | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary, Observation
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Subtitles Russian, English
Duration 14:17


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Director Andres Sööt
Screenwriter Enn Vetemaa
Cinematographer Andres Sööt
Sound Designer Ülo Saar
Content Editor Jaan Ruus
Managing Director Vaike Pärnpuu

First releases

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  • in cinema: 13.01.1969, Cinema Pioneer, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 21.03.1998, Kanal 2, Estonia, Estonia
  • at other places: 25.04.2007, Kumu, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Film Festival of Baltic States, Byelorussia and Moldavia (USSR), 1969, Best Documentary Film
  • Award, Estonian Documentary Film Festival (Rakvere Film Club, USSR), 1969, 1st Prize (together with films "Pärnu" and "Eduard Viiralt")
  • Participation, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2007

Partners and Sponsors

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