1944


1944 Information

1944 is a 2015 Estonian war drama film directed by Elmo Nganen. The film first premiered in February 2015 in Berlin, Germany, before its release in Estonia and other Northern European countries. It was selected as the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.

In the context of the bloody physical conflicts of 1944, as the Soviet Union advances to recapture Estonia from its German occupiers, the film explores the mental conflicts of young Estonians. Some have volunteered or been conscripted into the German forces, most with little commitment to the Nazi regime. Others have volunteered or been conscripted into the Soviet forces, again with little commitment to the Communist regime. Whichever side wins will regard the other as traitors, liable to execution or deportation. Neither side offers the Estonians freedom.

Plot

The film opens in July 1944 on the Tannenberg Line in Estonia, where a unit of Estonian soldiers in the Waffen SS are fighting the advancing Red Army. A visit by a Nazi official, who hands out signed photographs of Hitler, attracts ridicule. But the Soviet forces are superior in numbers of tanks and infantry and the German forces have to retreat through streams of civilian refugees. After a ferocious battle, the victors are a unit of Estonian soldiers in the Red Army.

As they bury the dead of both sides in a mass grave, an Estonian in the Red Army called Jri searches the body of an Estonian in the German forces called Karl and finds an unposted letter to his sister Aino in Tallinn. When the Russians capture the city, he delivers the letter in person and he and Aino become friendly, which incurs the enmity of his unit's political officer, Back fighting on the Srve Peninsula in November, his unit captures a group of sixteen-year-old Estonian boys in German uniform. The political officer orders Jri to kill them all and, when he questions the decision, shoots Jri dead. On his body, a comrade finds an unposted letter to Aino which, when he has a spell of leave, he delivers in person.

Cast

  • Kaspar Velberg as Sturmmann Karl Tammik
  • Kristjan kskla as Senior sergeant Jri Jgi
  • Maiken Schmidt as Aino Tammik
  • Gert Raudsep as Ants Saareste
  • Ain Meots as Captain Evald Viires
  • Peeter Tammearu as a Partorg (Communist Party official)
  • Mrt Pius and Priit Pius as Kr Brothers
  • Hendrik Toompere jr as Rottenfhrer Kristjan Pder
  • Kristjan Sarv as Abram Joffe
  • Rain Simmul as Prohhor Sedhh
  • Martin Mill as Alfred Tuul
  • Ivo Uukkivi as Rudolf Kask
  • Marko Leht as Valter Hein
  • Mait Malmsten as Government figure
  • Magns Mariuson The Dane Carl
  • Pru Oja as Sanitar Elmar Sinas
  • Hendrik Toompere Jr. Jr. as Kristjan Pder
  • Klli Teetamm as Mother with children
  • Kristo Viiding as Leonhard Talu
  • Karl-Andreas Kalmet as Vladimir Kamenski
  • Priit Loog as Paul Mets
  • Andero Ermel as Oskar Lepik

Production

The first part of filming took place in October 2013 till the Easter break of 2014. It then continued at the start of the summer of 2014 where filming also took place at the Sinimed Hills.

The film was funded by the Estonian Film Institute, the Estonian Ministry of Defence, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and private investments.

Reception

On the film aggregation website IMDb, 1944 has a weighted average score of 7.5/10, based on votes from 1,005 users.

The film has been banned in the Russian Federation.

Box office

In Estonia, 1944 was a huge box office success. With local opening weekend admissions at 19,030 1944 set a new opening weekend record for an Estonian film, beating the previous record of 15,611 admissions set by Names in Marble in 2002. 1944's first week also broke records by achieving 44,879 admissions, the highest ever for an Estonian film that premiered in Estonia.

See also

  • List of submissions to the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
  • List of Estonian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film



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