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Year's most anticipated feature film premieres in Tallinn

"1944," a fresh historical film by director Elmo Nüganen, premiered last night at Solaris in Tallinn.

It covers events of that year, in a summer that could be described as "out of the frying pan, into the fire," as the Soviets re-invaded and had captured the islands from the Nazis by November.

The war is depicted through the eyes of Estonians fighting on either side in the conflict. Relatives face difficult choices, too.

The film opens nationwide in theaters on Friday.

Nüganen said in Õhtuleht: "For me, the film's main audience is in Estonia, it's our, Estonian history."

Nüganen, who also made the 1918-1920 War of Independence drama "Names in Marble," said: "In the War of Independence, people had different kinds of choices, maybe somewhat simpler ones, all of 1944 was more complex for the world, the world was different."

The film was also presented to the Berlin Film Festival by its Swedish distributor earlier this month for a market premiere.

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