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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaspar Velberg ... Karl Tammik
Kristjan Üksküla ... Jüri Jõgi
Maiken Schmidt Maiken Schmidt ... Aino Tammik
Gert Raudsep 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 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 ... '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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Country:

Estonia | Finland

Language:

Estonian | Russian | German

Release Date:

4 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1944: Forced to Fight See more »

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Budget:

€1,620,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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It was selected as the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated. See more »

Quotes

Kreml: Why did you let them go? Who gave the order to cease fire?
Kapten Evald Viires: I did.
Kreml: Captain Viires, all fascists must be destroyed.
Kapten Evald Viires: I don't have time to chase along the forest every little boy who is shooting us.
Kreml: They were not little boys, they were real fascists! Captain Viires, I will write a report about you!
Kapten Evald Viires: Comrade Stalin personally gave the order to liberate the capital of Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, Tallinn, for the 22nd of September. I don't intend to go under court martial, maybe you do.
Kreml: We will...
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A truly Great War Movie from an Estonian Perspective.
22 August 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Set during the Battle of Tannenburg in 1944 this is the story of several Estonian men who fought for either Stalin or Hitler. The story is both simple and moving and it really does not pull its punches.

The action is as good as any you will see and the materiel all seemed to be spot on as well as the uniforms. The Russian T34 tanks looked very real and even though there is some CGI here it makes no difference to the overall quality of the film.

There is a love interest too but that is both incidental and also a large part in that the affections in war time can often be magnified due to the constant proximity of death and injury. The acting is just perfect and the direction seemingly effortless in how well it was done. There is very little to find fault with here. In Estonian, Russian and German with good sub titles.

This is a film for those who appreciate a quality production and it may also shine a light on a part of that war that many of us know very little about, completely recommended.


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