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  • 1944
    1944

    Original title: 1944

    2015 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Elmo Nüganen

    The film tells about the events during the war of 1944 in Estonia, viewed by the Estonians fighting at the Red Army and German Army.

  • Names in Marble
    Names in Marble

    Original title: Nimed marmortahvlil

    2002 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Elmo Nüganen

    The debut film by director Elmo Nüganen is based on the novel "Names in Marble" by Albert Kivikas. The film is a patriotic war drama telling the story of schoolboys in the Estonian War of Independence and of the days and nights of these young volunteer fighters. The film is full of dangers, challenges, pain and exaltation, entwined by a beautiful story of young love.

  • Those Old Love Letters
    Those Old Love Letters

    1992 | TV feature, TV feature | Director: Mati-Jüri Põldre

  • Men in Soldier's Overcoats
    Men in Soldier's Overcoats

    Original title: Inimesed sõdurisinelis

    1968 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Jüri Müür

    The war drama directed by Jüri Müür is based on the novel "The Two Selves of Enn Kalm" by Paul Kuusberg. It is the first, and so far the only Estonian feature film depicting the Estonian Rifle Corps in the World War II, including the forming process of the corps in the Urals, its battles held at Velikiye Luki, on Emajõgi River and the night battle of Tehumardi on Saaremaa island. Considering the year of the film, it is not free from propaganda; however, for the first time bold and epic battle scenes together with the war chronicles are presented in this film. The soundtrack "Song About the Faraway Home" (music by Eino Tamberg, lyrics by Ralf Parve) is still a popular soldier song today.

  • We Were Eighteen
    We Were Eighteen

    Original title: Me olime 18 aastased

    1965 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Kaljo Kiisk

    The political drama directed by Kaljo Kiisk about the events of 1940-1941 in Estonia as viewed through the choices of young high-school graduates.

  • Traces
    Traces

    Original title: Jäljed

    1963 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Kaljo Kiisk

    The film directed by Kaljo Kiisk tells the story about the destinies of former fellow students in an Estonian village during the era of postwar collectivization. The screening of the film was banned until 1988.

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Eesti parim kolmanda sektori e-teenus 2015

Republic of Estonia Information System Authority jury comprising industry experts selected the Estonian Film Database to be the winner in civil society e-services category for 2015

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The database is maintained by NGO Estonian Film Database. It was opened on 12.12.2012 and is meant for providing information about the whole Estonian film heritage from 1912. We plan fully complete it by 2022 but already now full and partial entries for about 16 000 films, 9000 filmmakers and more than 200 production companies could be retrieved in Estonian and partly in English. Translation of film descriptions and keywords into English is an ongoing process. Read more detailed overview.

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