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The Smacking Sea (1981)

Original title: Karge meri

Based on the novel "The Smacking Sea" by August Gailit

Feature film | Drama Duration 63:40

The Smacking Sea

When an islander comes with his decorated boat to propose to Katrina, she will need some time for figuring out what to do since she hardly knows the man. However, they will start their journey back to Matt Ruhve's home island even before the sunset. This is the island with its own laws where the strangers are not welcome and where even love tastes a bit like a sea salt.

Director: Arvo Kruusement

Keywords: plunder the storehouse | former lover | good housewife | seal fishery | fragmentation of ice | ice fields | fishermen | village community | village elder | shipwreck | 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 Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Duration 63:40


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Director Arvo Kruusement
Screenwriter Arvo Kruusement
Cinematographer Jüri Sillart
Art Director Tõnu Virve
Composer Veljo Tormis
Sound Designer Raimond Schönberg
Editor Sirje Haagel
Content Editor Arvo Vallikivi
Writer of Adapted Work August Gailit
Managing Director Kullo Must


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ester Pajusoo - Andla's wife | Milvi Jürgenson - Ahe Tara | Silvia Laidla - Katrina's mother | Hilja Varem - Huigo's wife | Lisl Lindau - Lammi's wife | Õie Maasik - Anders's wife | Ellen Liiger - Praakli's wife | Salme Reek - Tuiska woman | Ants Eskola - Tehve Lamm

First releases

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  • in cinema: 1981, Cinema House, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 20.09.1982, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • at other places: 18.-27.10.1982, Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Tallinn Polytechnic Institute Film Festival (Tallinn, USSR), 1982, Suur Hammasratas
  • Participation, Estonian Film Days in Alma-Ata (USSR), 1982

Partners and Sponsors

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