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

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Inga Salurand ...
Young Taarka
Siiri Sisask ...
Darja 'Taarka' Pisumaa
Marje Metsur ...
Old Taarka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tanel Joonas ...
Rüa Piitre
Helge Kalda ...
Young Tato
Kirke Kalda ...
Young Tato
Riho Kütsar ...
Rüa Ivvan
Inara Luigas ...
Rüa Piitre's wife
Toomas Lõhmuste ...
Station agent
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Suitor
Riina Maidre ...
Tatjana 'Tato' Pisumaa
Helena Merzin ...
Anna Raudkats
Ain Mäeots ...
Village Person
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Armas Otto Väisänen
Kaarel Oja ...
Young Vasso
Peeter Oja ...
Taarka's father
Tõnu Oja ...
Vassili 'Vasso' Kooser
Matti Onnismaa ...
C.G.E. Mannerheim
Konrad Ruuben Sepp ...
Young Serko
Ott Sepp
Indrek Taalmaa ...
President Päts
Liina Tennosaar ...
Taarka's mother
Marika Vaarik ...
Vasso's mother
August Varustin ...
Sergei 'Serko' Bogdanov

Directed by

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Ain Mäeots

Written by

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Ülle Kahusk ... (play) (as Kauksi Ülle)
 
Ülle Kahusk ... (screenplay) (as Kauksi Ülle)
 
Mart Kivastik ... (screenplay)
 
Ain Mäeots ... (screenplay)
 
Elo Selirand ... (screenplay)
 
Hardi Volmer ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Anneli Ahven ... producer

Music by

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Andres Lõo

Cinematography by

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Elen Lotman

Editorial Department

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Eik Lattu ... assistant editor
Maarek Toompere ... supervising editor

Production Design by

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Elo Soode

Makeup Department

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Helen Ehandi ... makeup artist
Kaire Hendrikson ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Kaspar Kaljas ... production manager
Anneli Lepp ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Elo Selirand ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Liina Jaska ... assistant art director
Siim Maaten ... assistant property master
Eva-Maria Mägi ... property master

Sound Department

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Ants Andreas ... boom operator / sound mixer / sound recordist
Tiina Andreas ... sound mixer / supervising sound editor
Liilia Piir ... boom operator
Sven Sosnitski ... assistant sound editor

Stunts

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Enar Tarmo ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Volmer Kliimand ... lighting technician
Alvar Kõue ... second assistant camera
Maksim Podolski ... dolly grip
Rein Pruul ... first assistant camera
Taivo Tenso ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Grete Nootre ... casting
Elo-Liis Parmas ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eva-Maria Gramakovski ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Terje Kissa ... location manager
Kertu Köösel ... location manager

Music Department

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Andres Lõo ... composer: theme music
Õiõ Seto ... musician

Transportation Department

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Kristjan Pütsep ... driver

Other crew

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Liina Jaska ... animal supplier
Marje Jurtsenko ... script supervisor
Kristin Kalamees ... continuity
Tiina Lokk ... script editor
Markus Robam ... runner

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Таарка (Russia)
Runtime
  • 94 min
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