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The Dissidents

OT: Sangarid

Jaak Kilmi // Estonia, Finland, Latvia, 2017
Fiction Feature // FF2017
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The 1980s: Europe is cut in half by the Iron Curtain. Three young Estonians manage to flee the Soviet Union to Sweden. For them, it’s like entering the Promised Land that they know from Miami Vice and Knight Rider. The Swedes celebrate the young refugees as heroes who have escaped the Evil Empire. But the young men’s euphoria soon dissipates. Their new reality is the refugee centre and the pittance they get as pocket money. They need jobs! The three try and work out what opportunities they have and get into one mess after another. The film is a turbulent comedy about three wacky “dissidents” and a West whose gold doesn’t glitter.


JAAK KILMI (*1973) studied film direction in Tallinn and made numerous commercials before turning to documentaries. The Dissidents is his third feature.




Fiction Feature

Estonian, Finnish, Russian, Swedish, English


Estonia, Finland, Latvia


92 min

OV with English subtitles

Jaak Kilmi

Martin Algus

Märt Pius, Karl-Andreas Kalmet, Veiko Porkanen, Esko Salminen, Henrik Kalmet, Ott Sepp, Marika Barabanštšikova, Tõnu Kark, Andres Dvinjanino

Kristian Taska

Aigars Sērmukšs

Tambet Tasuja

Samuli Erkkilä, Joni Suhonen

Katrin Sipelgas


Taska Film OÜ

Sigrid Saag, Estonian Film Institute: Sigrid@filmi.ee

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