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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 overview, first billed only:
Kaspar Velberg ... Karl Tammik
Kristjan Üksküla ... Jüri Jõgi
Maiken Pius Maiken Pius ... Aino Tammik (as Maiken Schmidt)
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 ... 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 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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The tanks shown are the T-34/85. In the Soviet Union they are known as the Model 1943 See more »

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Prohhor Sedõhh: [Red Army platoon reaches a village in Sõrve peninsula that appears to be Tuul's home] Grandmother told me that Estonia is small, but so small...!
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Referenced in La noche de...: La noche de... 1944 (2019) See more »

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When your survival comes down to two equally bad choices
16 April 2017 | by crazycokedupdreamSee all my reviews

Solid anti-war film told from the perspective of the Estonians who fought for the Germans and the Russians, blends the violence of battles with the emotional conflicts when your country is a pawn between two much more powerful neighbors. This film stands with some of the better war films ever produced but has it's own voice. I liked how the film switched sides half way through and told how, in these circumstances, the only "winners" are the survivors.

I would like to address other reviewers comments that this film is anti- Russian/Soviet propaganda. Outside of the Soviet political officer (who seem to be an Estonia communist rather that a Russian) and the mention that the Russians, after they invaded, sent large quality of Estonians to the gulags (a true fact), this seems to be the only negative reference to the Russians. And is it propaganda when the the actual plan of the Soviets was to conquer and turn Estonia into a Russian client state?.Are the reviewers actual trying to convince us that somehow the Stalinites were better than the Hitlerites? Or the somehow the Russians weren't equally as bad as the Germans? Estonians, at the time, forced into service against their will and having to choice between to bad two options did what they had to do to survive. And if they had to choose, would have with the attitude that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.


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Country:

Estonia | Finland

Language:

Estonian | Russian | German

Release Date:

4 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

EUR1,620,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,768
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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