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The Master of Kõrboja (1979)

Original title: Kõrboja peremees

Based on the novel "The Master of Kõrboja" by Anton Hansen Tammsaare

Feature film | Drama Duration 89:50

Anna, the daughter of an elderly owner of Kõrboja farm, is told by her father that if she won't move in their home farm then it will be sold to strangers. But the farm needs also a master, and Anna has been living in town for years. She comes back home and meets again Villu, her friend from childhood. Villu is still as temperamental as he used to be and Anna has always been a stubborn one. Now they have grown up. The more fellow villagers find the couple a strange one, the more they are attracted to each other.

Director: Leida Laius

Keywords: death of a loved one | suicide | self-pride | haymaking | emotional suffering | fireworks | infant | disability | father-son relationship | father-daughter relationship | 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
Duration 89:50


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Director Leida Laius
Screenwriter Paul-Eerik Rummo | Leida Laius
Cinematographer Ago Ruus
Art Director Linda Vernik
Costume Designer Helve Halla
Composer Lepo Sumera
Sound Designer Roman Sabsay
Editor Kersti Miilen
Content Editor Toomas Raudam
Writer of Adapted Work Anton Hansen Tammsaare
Managing Director Raimund Felt


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ants Eskola - Kõrboja Rein | Elo Tamul - Kõrboja Madli | Oskar Liigand - Villu's father | Maimu Pajusaar - Villu's mother | Lea Sild - Eevi | Ita Ever - Eevi's mother | Inge Oks - Young Anna

First releases

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  • in cinema: 29.02.1980, Tallinnas, Estonia
  • at other places: 16.04.1980, Haapsalu Kultuurimajas, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Estonian SSR Film Festival (USSR), 1980, I auhind parima originaalse filmimuusika eest (koos muusikaga filmile "Tuulte pesa") Lepo Sumerale; Žürii eripreemia väljapaistva operaatoridebüüdi eest Ago Ruusile
  • Participation, Estonian Film Days in Alma-Ata (USSR), 1982

Partners and Sponsors

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