An ethnographic musical drama about a Seto (regional ethnic minority in South-Eastern Estonia) folk-singer Hilana Taarka.


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Ülle Kahusk (play) (as Kauksi Ülle), Ülle Kahusk (screenplay) (as Kauksi Ülle) | 4 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Inga Salurand Inga Salurand ... Young Taarka
Siiri Sisask Siiri Sisask ... Darja 'Taarka' Pisumaa
Marje Metsur Marje Metsur ... Old Taarka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tanel Joonas Tanel Joonas ... Rüa Piitre
Helge Kalda Helge Kalda ... Young Tato
Kirke Kalda Kirke Kalda ... Young Tato
Riho Kütsar Riho Kütsar ... Rüa Ivvan
Inara Luigas Inara Luigas ... Rüa Piitre's wife
Toomas Lõhmuste Toomas Lõhmuste ... Station agent
Siim Maaten ... Suitor
Riina Maidre Riina Maidre ... Tatjana 'Tato' Pisumaa
Helena Merzin Helena Merzin ... Anna Raudkats
Ain Mäeots Ain Mäeots ... Village Person
Mikko Nousiainen ... Armas Otto Väisänen
Kaarel Oja Kaarel Oja ... Young Vasso


The first film in the Seto language in the world speaks about the brightest heroine of a small people, the folk singer Hilana Taarka, a woman who lived her whole life as an outcast in a small chimney-less hut; as an unmarried mother of children in poverty, begging her bread, doing odd jobs and singing. She always sang the truth, sometimes bitter, sometimes funny, sometimes cruel. She was feared, despised and coveted. Taarka sang throughout her remarkable life, throughout her fate, from a small Seto village to international fame. And she sang well. Really well. Taarka became the Mother of the Song, a legend. But as a woman, as a member of the community, the Seto people never really accepted her. Taarka - a despised woman and a worshiped singer. Written by Anonymous

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Estonian | Finnish

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Таарка See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Exitfilm See more »
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(European Film Market)


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