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1944 (2015)

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In 1944 Estonia, a fratricide war ensues when Estonians of the retreating German forces fight against Estonians conscripted into the advancing Soviet Red Army.

Director:

Elmo Nüganen

Writer:

Leo Kunnas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaspar Velberg ... Karl Tammik
Kristjan Üksküla ... Jüri Jõgi
Maiken Schmidt Maiken Schmidt ... Aino Tammik
Gert Raudsep Gert Raudsep ... Ants 'Saareste'
Hendrik Toompere Jr. Jr. Hendrik Toompere Jr. Jr. ... Kristjan 'Põder' (as Hendrik Toompere Jr.)
Karl-Andreas Kalmet Karl-Andreas Kalmet ... Vladimir 'Kamenski'
Henrik Kalmet Henrik Kalmet ... Voldemar 'Piir'
Pääru Oja ... Sanitar Elmar 'Säinas'
Priit Strandberg Priit Strandberg ... Lembit 'Raadik'
Priit Pius ... Vennad Käärid
Märt Pius ... Vennad Käärid
Kristo Viiding Kristo Viiding ... Leonhard 'Talu'
Jaak Prints Jaak Prints ... Autojuht Richard Pastak
Magnús Mariuson ... 'Taanlane Carl', Carl Madsen
Mait Malmsten Mait Malmsten ... Omavalitsuse tegelane
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In "1944" Director Elmo Nüganen portrays the real events on the Eastern Front in Estonia in 1944, from the Battle Of Tannenburg Line, the July fighting on the Sinimäed Hills, until November, when the Sorve peninsula was already conquered by the Soviet Army. The war is shown through the eyes of participants in the events on both warring sides - the Estonians who fought on the side of the German Army in the 20th Estonian division Waffen-SS, and as part of the 8th Estonian Rifle Corps of the Soviet Army. For residents of Estonia it was a war in which everyone makes their own choices. It is with such hard choices facing the main characters of the film - the soldiers of the opposing sides Carl Tammik and Urey Jogi - as well as their comrades, relatives, friends and even strangers. Written by Ahmed Tanvir

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The first casualty of war is truth.

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Estonia | Finland

Language:

Estonian | Russian | German

Release Date:

4 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1944: Forced to Fight See more »

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Budget:

€1,620,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It was selected as the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated. See more »

Quotes

Voldemar 'Piir': [twin brothers Käär have arrived at platoon as supplement] Who are you?
Vennad Käärid: [simultaneously] SS-grenader Käär!
Voldemar 'Piir': Supplement men?
Vennad Käärid: [simultaneously] Yes, sir!
Voldemar 'Piir': Ten men were promised, two were sent, they are also like one.
Karl Tammik: What are your names?
[brothers introduce themselves]
Voldemar 'Piir': Relatives?
Vennad Käärid: [simultaneously] Brothers.
Voldemar 'Piir': I can see that, a bit similar.
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10 out of 10
2 March 2015 | by haimar3See all my reviews

"1944" is a milestone in estonian movie-making. From start to end titles there is hard to find something to complain about. On the contrary: This movie can stand beside the other great movies from this genre with head held high. The characters and how the movie is build up was amazing. The diversity of characters and how they are making impact with a short time is incredible. Very emotional movie with great war scenes.

The topic is something that I have not come across previously in same genre. This is why I think this movie is not must see just for people living in estonia, but also for international audience.


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