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Ice Run (1962)

Original title: Jääminek

Based on the short story "Ice Run" by Aadu Hint

Feature film | Drama | War Duration 91:59

Two proud fisherman families live on a very small island in Estonia. The two fishermen have always bore a grudge against each other. Their stubbornness and disobedience to German occupiers leads to dramatic events where staying alive is worse than death. Since it is impossible to escape public contempt, they have to decide how to redeem themselves.

Director: Kaljo Kiisk

Keywords: humiliation | denouncement | sacrifying oneself | self-sacrifice | self-esteem | fascism | shame | father-daughter relationship | frozen sea bay | catching fish | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama, War
Text / Dialogue Estonian, German
Dubbing Russian
Duration 91:59


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Director Kaljo Kiisk
Screenwriter Aadu Hint | Aleksandr Borštšagovski
Cinematographer Algimantas Mockus
Art Director Peeter Linzbach
Costume Designer Hilda Kruusi
Composer Lembit Veevo
Sound Designer Herman Vahtel
Editor Vera Parvel
Content Editor Ants Saar
Writer of Adapted Work Aadu Hint
Managing Director Arkadi Pessegov


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Ants Eskola - German officer | Aleksander Niitoja - Jaan | Ivalo Randalu - Indrek | Johannes Saar - Zimmermann

First releases

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  • in cinema: 16.07.1962, Tallinn , Estonia
  • in cinema: 26.02.1963, USSR
  • on television: 08.1964, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Film Festival of Baltic States, Byelorussia and Moldavia (USSR), 1963, Grand Prix Big Amber; Best adapted screenplay: Aadu Hint, Aleksandr Bortšagovski; Best Cinematographer: Algimantas Mockus.
  • Participation, Estonian Film Days in Chișinău (USSR), 1962
  • Participation, San Remo Film Festival (Italy), 1984, Programme: Retrospective of Kaljo Kiisk

Partners and Sponsors

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