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Ukuaru (1973)

Based on the novel "Ukuaru" by Veera Saar

Feature film | Drama Duration 85:00


Minna is a simple worker who won't marry a well-off boyfriend but poor man Aksel who has got nothing more than his accordion and love towards Minna. But living in poverty and hard work do not distress her. It is important for her to find her own home where children would run around and Aksel would play his accordion. In this remote forest house love works miracles but one thing it cannot do - to put the madness of the outer world at a safe distance.

Director: Leida Laius

Keywords: losing a loved one | love marriage | declaration of love | Estonian mother | composite portrait of an Estonian woman | being lost in a forest | vitality | saving life | buoyancy | self-discovery | 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
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Duration 85:00


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Director Leida Laius
Screenwriter Mats Traat
Cinematographer Jüri Garšnek
Production Desinger Halja Klaar
Costume Designer Imbi Lind
Composer Arvo Pärt
Sound Designer Harald Läänemets
Editor Ludmilla Rosental | Tatjana Lihhatšova
Content Editor Maris Balbat
Writer of Adapted Work Veera Saar
Managing Director Arkadi Pessegov


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Malle Koost - Loreida | Helene Viir - Aksel's mother | Oskar Liigand - Aksel's father | Heino Mandri - Forest Lord | Astrid Lepa - Loreida's mother | Maarit Marmei - Child | Karin Johan - Child | Helle-Mai Varik - Child | Ruta Jaakson - Child

First releases

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  • Premiere: 11.02.1974, Tallinn , Estonia
  • in cinema: 18.11.1974, Moskva, USSR

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, USSR Film Festival (USSR), 1974, Aasta parima naisnäitleja preemia - Elle Kull, parima mängufilmioperaatori preemia - Jüri Garšnek
  • Participation, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2022, Special programme

Partners and Sponsors

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