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  • Erna At War
    Erna At War

    2020 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Henrik Ruben Genz

    When Erna’s simple-minded son, Kalle, is conscripted for military service, she swaps identity with a soldier and heads towards the front to protect her child. While the world is at war, Erna fights her own.

  • 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.

  • Tangerines
    Tangerines

    Original title: Mandariinid

    2013 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Zaza Urušadze

    The film is an Estonian-Georgian co-production about a wise Estonian man living in an Abkhazian village during the turbulent times of Abkhazian-Georgian military conflict in the autumn of 1992. The Estonian takes care of two wounded enemies, trying to help both men to find a human solution in this ruthless war.

  • The Second Coming
    The Second Coming

    Original title of the film: Teine tulemine

    2008 | Feature film, Short | Director: Tanel Toom

  • 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.

  • Requiem
    Requiem

    Original title: Reekviem

    1984 | Full lenght feature, Feature film | Director: Olav Neuland

    The psychological drama directed by Olav Neuland depicts the events of the summer of 1944 - the story of a family of Estonian intellectuals in the middle of the war.

  • Võõra nime all
    Võõra nime all

    1984 | TV feature, TV feature | Director: Peeter Urbla

  • Dangerous Games
    Dangerous Games

    Original title: Ohtlikud mängud

    1974 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Veljo Käsper

    Youth film directed by Veljo Käsper tells about the wartime children, their courage and resistance to German occupation.

  • 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.

  • Creators of the Legend
    Creators of the Legend

    Original title: Legendi loojad

    1963 | Movie, Amateur film | Director: Evald Mägi

    Amateur feature film produced in 1963, co-financed by the expatriate Estonians living in Canada and based on Eerik Heine’s original script. The film portrays conditions in Estonia during 1946-1947, fight of the ‘forest brothers’ with the occupying forces and worry towards the outburst of the next war, mixed with the hope to restore the independence of the Republic of Estonia.

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