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A Man Who Never Was (1989)

Original title: Inimene, keda polnud

Feature film | Drama Duration 93:03

Imbi Tamm has grown up together with the sounds and voices of radio broadcasting. She becomes an adult during the 1940s - the cataclysmic years in Estonian history. When she starts her career as a radio voice with high hopes and optimism in Stalinist Estonia, she will collide with the reality of the era where people's fate, sufferings and happiness depend on current ideology and government. The film is dedicated to the memory of the radio voices that have been accompanied the lives of many generations.

Director: Peeter Simm

Keywords: despair | arrestment | Baltic German | mother's death | hospital | imitating sounds | exclamatory sentences | disabled | father's death | home of a wealthy gentleman | 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 lenght feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Duration 93:03


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Director Peeter Simm
Screenwriter Toomas Raudam
Cinematographer Ago Ruus
Art Director Ronald Kolmann | Hardi Volmer
Costume Designer Mare Raidma
Composer Tõnu Raadik
Sound Designer Rein Urm
Editor Sirje Haagel
Content Editor Tiina Lokk
Managing Director Veronika Bobossova


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Epp Maria Kokamägi - Imbi's mother | Anne Reemann - Leida Rohutirts | Mait Lepik | Uno Rannaveski | Vello Sõukand | Toomas Hussar | Peeter Jakobi - Stagehand | Erich Jaansoo - Doctor | A. Tõnisson

First releases

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  • in cinema: 16. 04. 1990, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Cannes Film Festival (France), 1990, Section: Directors' Fortnight

Partners and Sponsors

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