1944 to be Estonian submission for 2016 Academy Awards

Still from Estonian film "1944" (Courtesy of Taska Films)
9/17/2015 8:10 AM
Category: Culture

The Estonian submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards will be Elmo Nüganen’s “1944” – an epic that depicts the events of the war in 1944 as Estonia faced advances from both the Red Army and the German Army.

The selection was made from amongst the Estonian full-length feature films that were released theatrically between October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015, and screened for at least 7 consecutive days. The film was chosen unanimously by a committee that was made up of 7 Estonian film experts.

The story of “1944” is shown through the eyes of Estonian soldiers who – faced with these two opposing armies – found they had to pick sides and fight against fellow brothers. Difficult choices had to be made, not only by the soldiers, but also by their loved ones.

“1944” premiered domestically in February 2015 and garnered the highest opening week audience figures in Estonian film history, with 44,879 spectators. Since then, over 100,000 people have seen the film.

The only other film to have achieved this feat is Nüganen’s previous film “Nimed marmortahvlil” (“Names in Marble”).

"1944" has been selected for numerous festivals including Let's Cee (Austria), Cameraimage (Poland), Cairo (Egypt) and Arras (France). It has also screened at the Baltic Film Days in Oslo (Norway) and also at a program of European films in Washington, DC (USA).

Last year, the Estonian-Georgian co-production “Tangerines” ended up in the final five nominees in the category for Best Foreign Language Film – the first time an Estonian film had ever been awarded such an honor.

The first Estonian film ever to be submitted for consideration for Best Foreign Language Film was Mati Põldre’s “Need vanad armastuskirjad” (“Those Old Love Letters”) in 1992.

In addition to the Best Foreign Language Film submission, Riho Unt’s puppet animation “Isand” (“The Master”) will have the opportunity to vie for the Best Short Animation. The film – based on Friedebert Tuglas' short story ‘Popi and Huhuu’ – won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Annecy Film Festival which allows it to be submitted to the Academy’s short animation category.

The five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film will be announced on January 14, 2016. The winners will be announced at the Academy Awards due to be held on February 28, 2016.

S. Tambur

The name field cannot be empty
No more than 50 characters
Comment field cannot be empty
No more than 50 characters
Comment field cannot be empty
No more than 1024 characters
{{error}}

Message forwarded to the editor

This Ip-address has limited access

See also

There are no comments yet. Be the first!

Reply to comment

+{{childComment.ReplyToName}}:
Reply to comment
Reply

Laadi juurde ({{take2}})
The name field cannot be empty
No more than 50 characters
Comment field cannot be empty
No more than 1024 characters
{{error}}
Add new comment
  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Jan. 23-29
    23.01

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee: "It'll be hard to stay in this week because there are a lot of great events happening in Estonia, even for people with more demanding tastes."

  • foto
    Estonian composer Veljo Tormis dies at 86
    23.01

    Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, perhaps best known internationally for his prolific career centering largely on choral music and featuring traditional Estonian and Baltic Finnic influences, died at 86 on Saturday evening.

  • foto
    Estonian films screened at LA festival
    22.01

    The 18th Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles (SFFLA), which kicked off on Saturday, featured two films by Estonian filmmakers.

  • foto
    Interactive map: The search for Europe's best young opera star
    20.01

    What country will Europe's — perhaps even the world's — best young opera star be from? We will find out in May, when Pärnu hosts the 10th Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers. ERR's online Culture portal has put together an interactive map following Estonian conductor Erki Pehk and Toomas Kuter, one of the heads of the competition, as they travel across Europe in search of the continent's top young talent.

  • foto
    Kihnu dictionary to be presented at book release in Pärnu
    17.01

    A new dictionary of the Kihnu dialect of Estonian, compiled by island natives Reene Leas, Silvi Murulauk and Reti Könninge as well as the late Saaremaa native linguist Ellen Niit, will be presented at a book release at the Museum of New Art in Pärnu on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m.

  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Jan. 16-22
    16.01

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee: "We have a feeling it’s going to be a very eventful and interesting week!"

  • foto
    Rakvere theater sees 100,000 visitors in 2016
    16.01

    2016 brought with it a number of changes for Rakvere Theatre — including the opening of its long-awaited new movie and rehearsal hall, designed by Raul Vaiksoo, in the fall, the international theater festival Baltoscandal as well as the large-scale summer production of "At the End of the World" — which helped the theater log over 100,000 visits during the year.

  • foto
    Two Estonian films to be screened at Scandinavian Film Festival in Los Angeles
    15.01

    The Scandinavian Film Festival that began in Los Angeles on Saturday will feature two films by Estonian movie-makers.

  • foto
    Copyrights to works of Estonian poets Under, Adson in German hands
    11.01

    The Estonian Ministry of Culture has discovered that the copyrights to the works of Estonian poets Marie Under and Artur Adson do not belong to the Estonian state.

  • foto
    Estonian clown duo Piip ja Tuut put on record number of performances abroad
    10.01

    Of their 264 performances in 2016, Piip ja Tuut put on 118 at their own Piip ja Tuut Playhouse, located on Tallinn’s Toompea Hill, and 146 elsewhere, including 30 performances in a total of eight countries around the world.

  • foto
    Museums, theaters increase ticket prices
    10.01

    The beginning of the new year brought with it increases in ticket prices in some cultural institutions. Prices were adjusted mostly at museums, but also at some theaters as well. Bigger movie theaters, however, did not change their ticket prices.

  • foto
    ETV to air British miniseries 'Tutankhamun'
    07.01

    2016 British historical drama "Tutankhamun," which will bring the search for the famous Egyptian pharaoh to its viewers, will kick off on ETV beginning on Saturday night.

  • foto
    Hendrik Kaljujärv's meaning-layered 'Overexposure'
    06.01

    In addition to recommendations, Culture.ee's English-language culture blog also provides reviews of musical, theatrical, dance and other cultural performances that take place around Estonia. In this review, Anneliis Lepp reflects on how the visuals, music as well as layers of meaning played important roles in an end of the year production of Hendrik Kaljujärv's play "Overexposure."

  • foto
    Ilona Gurjanova, Andrus Kõresaar 2016 winners of Foreign Ministry's annual culture awards
    05.01

    Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser presented the ministry's 2016 Culture Awards to Estonian Association of Designers chairman Ilona Gurjanova and KOKO Architects founder Andrus Kõresaar on Wednesday.

  • foto
    Kaspar Jancis animated short 'Piano' wins award at international festival in St. Petersburg
    2016

    The animated short film "Piano" won a special jury prize at the 14th International Festival of Animation Arts "Multivision" in St. Petersburg.

  • foto
    Toomas Hussar's 'The Spy and the Poet' selected for Palm Springs Film Festival
    2016

    Toomas Hussar's 2016 feature film "The Spy and the Poet" has been selected for the official program of the international Palm Springs Film Festival, which has previously included other Estonian coproductions such as "Tangerines" and "The Fencer" in its lineup. PSFF will also mark the new film's North American premiere.

  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Holiday edition
    2016

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee: "The holiday season is upon us and there is no escaping it, so one may as well enjoy it! We at culture.ee wish you all a joyous week!"

  • foto
    The anthropological documentarian in a world of bite-sized narratives
    2016

    "The Measure of Humanity: 45 Years of Documentary Photography in South Africa" at Adamson-Eric Museum in Tallinn presents a comprehensive overview of the career of the recently deceased South African photographer Juhan Kuus.

  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Dec. 12-18
    2016

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee: "We hope they offer you amusement, but also themes to think about. Have a wonderful week!"

  • foto
    2017 Grammy nominees include multiple Estonians
    2016

    The nominees for the 59. Grammy Awards were published on Tuesday, and upon closer inspection the list included both better- and lesser-known Estonian names and involved an Estonian music label, a number of Estonian musical ensembles and works by an Estonian composer as well.

  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Dec. 5-11
    2016

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee: "Places to be, things to do, exhibitions to enjoy, concerts to attend and dances to dance. Keep warm and take in all the great experiences!"

  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Nov. 28-Dec. 4
    2016

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee. It seems as though the Christmas spirit is nearby, because this week offers plenty of music and merry gatherings.

  • foto
    Estonian choir's concert series focuses on life, work of poet Lydia Koidula
    2016

    130 years following her death, the award-winning Youth Mixed Choir Vox Populi will be giving a short series of concert-lectures dedicated to the life of the famous Estonian poet Lydia Koidula at schools and cultural centers across the country in an alternative to more typical holiday-themed Advent-season performances.

  • foto
    'A Quiet Heart' wins international award at Estonia's Black Nights Film Festival
    2016

    Eitan Anner's "A Quiet Heart" ("Lev Shaket") was awarded the Grand Prix of the 20th Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) at the festival's awards ceremony in Tallinn on Saturday night.

  • foto
    Interview with Yaniv Berman, director of PÖFF film 'Land of the Little People'
    2016

    Helina Koldek of culture.ee interviewed Yaniv Berman, director of 2016 Israeli film "Land of the Little People," one of the films featured in the 2016 program of Estonia's Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF).

  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Nov. 21-27
    2016

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee. Here is a diverse and bold choice of events for the ongoing week. Open your minds and have a great time!

  • foto
    10 recommendations for Black Nights Film Festival
    2016

    The 20th annual Black Nights Film Festival, better known by Estonian acronym PÖFF, is already in full swing, with a rich program of screenings at various locations in Tallinn and Tartu. As the number and variety of films on offer may be overwhelming for festivalgoers, Helina Koldek of culture.ee has shared her top ten picks for this year's edition of PÖFF.

  • foto
    Renovation of Song Festival Grounds to start after 2019
    2016

    The Riigikogu’s Cultural Affairs Committee on Monday supported a plan to renovate the stage of the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn as well as the surrounding buildings. According to MP Laine Randjärv (Reform), who chairs the committee, construction could begin after the next Song Festival in 2019.

  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Nov. 14-20
    2016

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee. November in Estonia is always associated with the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), but in addition to this wonderful event, there are plenty of others as well. Have a great week!

  • foto
    Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Nov. 7-13
    2016

    Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee. We have a busy week ahead of us! In addition to the annual film festival PÖFF, there will also be another interesting film program, lots of stimulating music, a big fair and even an international poetry slam. Stay warm and enjoy!