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Palusalu (2009)

Original title: Palusalu

Documentary | Sport Duration 55:22


Biographical documentary about Kristjan Palusalu (Trossmann, 1908-1987), Estonian national hero and legend of Estonian sports history. The documentary tells the story of a boy coming from a rural area in Estonia who becomes the best wrestler in Europe and wins two olympic gold medals in Berlin Olympic Games in 1936. Recollections by Palusalu's relatives, friends and colleagues; archival materials; radio reportages and staged episodes recreate the story of Palusalu's life and profession.

Director: Kristiina Davidjants

Keywords: fascism | multiple olympic medalist | Greek-Roman wrestling | wrestlers | wrestling referee | wrestling training | wrestling competition | opening ceremony of a wrestling competition | olympic games | litting of the olympic flame | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Umberto Productions
Film Category Documentary, Portrey
Genre Sport
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, German, English
Duration 55:22

First releases

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  • in cinema: 17.12.2009 , kino Sõprus (Tallinn), Estonia
  • on television: 29.12.2009, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, EstDocs - Estonian Documentary Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), 2010, Publiku lemmik koos filmidega „1939 – ma elasin Eesti Vabariigis”, „Eestlane Jaapanis – tõlkes kaduma läinud” Žürii auhind

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