1.5 million EUR
| 7.2/10 |
6 October 2015 (Germany)
| Maria Avdjuško
20 February 2015 (Estonia)
Maiken Schmidt, Kaspar Velberg, Kristjan Üksküla, Mait Malmsten, Märt Pius
Estonia movies, War movies
1944 is a 2015 Estonian action war drama film directed by Elmo Nüganen. The film first premiered in February 2015 in Berlin, Germany, before its release in Estonia and other Northern European countries. It was selected as the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.
The film is set in the year 1944, from the Battle of Tannenberg Line (25 July – 10 August 1944) to the Battle of Tehumardi in Sõrve Peninsula (October – November 1944) and is shown through the eyes of Estonian soldiers who had to pick sides and thus fight against their fellow countrymen. Choices had to be made, not only by the soldiers, but also by their loved ones.
The film focuses on the individual in the context of the war rather than war itself, and shows the war from both perspectives – those of the Estonians in the Red Army and in the German Army.
Kaspar Velberg as Karl Tammik
Kristjan Üksküla as Jüri Jõgi
Maiken Schmidt as Aino Tammik
Gert Raudsep as Ants Saareste
Ain Mäeots as Captain Evald Viires
Peeter Tammearu as a Partorg (Communist Party official)
Märt Pius and Priit Pius as Käär Brothers
Hendrik Toompere jr as Kristjan Põder
Kristjan Sarv as Abram Joffe
Rain Simmul as Prohhor Sedõhh
Martin Mill as Alfred Tuul
Ivo Uukkivi as Rudolf Kask
Marko Leht as Valter Hein
Mait Malmsten as Government figure
Magnús Mariuson The Dane Carl
Pääru Oja as Sanitar Elmar 'Säinas'
Hendrik Toompere Jr. Jr. as Kristjan 'Põder'
Külli Teetamm as Mother with children
Kristo Viiding as Leonhard 'Talu'
Karl-Andreas Kalmet as Vladimir 'Kamenski'
Priit Loog as Paul Mets
Andero Ermel as Oskar Lepik
1944 (film) Wikipedia
The first part of filming took place in October 2013 till the Easter break of 2014. It then continued at the start of the summer of 2014 where filming also took place at the Sinimäed Hills.
The film was funded by the Estonian Film Institute, Estonian Ministry of Defence, Cultural Endowment of Estonia and private investments.
On British film aggregation website IMDb, 1944 has a weighted average score of 7.5/10, based on votes from 1,005 users.
In Estonia 1944, was a huge box office success. With local opening weekend admissions at 19,030 1944 set a new opening weekend record for an Estonian film, beating the previous record of 15,611 admissions set by Names in Marble in 2002. 1944's first week also broke records by achieving 44,879 admissions, the highest ever for an Estonian film that premiered in Estonia.