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  • Little Requiem for Harmonica
    Little Requiem for Harmonica

    Original title: Väike reekviem suupillile

    1972 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Veljo Käsper

    The film directed by Veljo Käsper is based on the short story "Little Requiem for Harmonica" by Enn Vetemaa, telling the story about understanding between different generations.

  • The Spring
    The Spring

    Original title: Kevade

    1969 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Arvo Kruusement

    The first independent feature film directed by Arvo Kruusement is based on the story "The Spring" by Oskar Luts, depicting events of a school year in an Estonian church parish school at the end of 19th century. This lyrical and jolly youth story full of hope has been selected as the best Estonian feature film of all times.

  • Werewolf
    Werewolf

    Original title: Libahunt

    1968 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Leida Laius

    The drama directed by Leida Laius is based on the play "Werewolf" by August Kitzberg, telling the story about love that will collide with superstition, jealousy and servility in a village during the times of slavery.

  • The Girl in Black
    The Girl in Black

    Original title: Tütarlaps mustas

    1966 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Veljo Käsper

    The drama directed by Veljo Käsper is based on the short story "The Girl in Black" by Lilli Promet. The visually enjoyable lyrical love story depicts human solitude and the way people relate themselves to religion. Starring Lithuanian film star Juozas Budraitis.

  • Friend of Songs
    Friend of Songs

    Original title: Laulu sõber

    1961 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Ilja Fogelman, Reet Kasesalu

    The lyrical comedy directed by Ilja Fogelman tells the story of an authoritarian head of a collective farm, unable to understand the value of folk culture.

  • Children of the Sun
    Children of the Sun

    Original title: Päikese lapsed

    1932 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Theodor Luts

    The film full of songs and dances is directed by Theodor Luts, telling the story of the enchantment and pain of young love that takes place in an idyllic Nordic summer. It is the first Estonian-Finnish co-production and the first Estonian sound film.

  • The Good Soldier Joosep Toots
    The Good Soldier Joosep Toots

    Original title: Vahva sõdur Joosep Toots

    1930 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Theodor Luts, Arnold Vaino

    The silent film directed by Theodor Luts is a comedy about the funny episodes in the life of a simple farm boy Joosep Toots, interwoven by numerous documentary scenes of Estonian defence forces.

  • The Waves of Passion
    The Waves of Passion

    Original title: Kire lained

    1930 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Vladimir Gaidarov

    The film directed by Vladimir Gaidarov is the first German-Estonian co-production, telling about the adventurous life of alcohol smugglers. Estonian actor Ants Eskola, ballet dancer Robert Rood and people of the local coast can be seen in the roles of sailors.

  • A Spring Dream
    A Spring Dream

    Original title: Kevade unelm

    1927 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Voldemar Päts

    The melodrama with tragicomic elements is directed by Voldemar Päts depicts the ordeals and obstacles that one meets when being in love for the first time. The story has been interwoven with the subject of becoming illegally newly rich in Estonia in 1920s.

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