30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Dissidents Estonia, Finland, Latvia 2017 | 92 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Jaak Kilmi

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

rated for 0 + years
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.
Original title: Sangarid
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Estonian, Finnish, Russian, Swedish, English
Section: Eurovisuell
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Jaak Kilmi
Screenplay: Martin Algus
Cast: Märt Pius, Karl-Andreas Kalmet, Veiko Porkanen, Esko Salminen, Henrik Kalmet, Ott Sepp, Marika Barabanštšikova, Tõnu Kark, Andres Dvinjanino
Producer: Kristian Taska
Director of Photography: Aigars Sērmukšs
Music: Samuli Erkkilä, Joni Suhonen
Production Design: Katrin Sipelgas
Editor: Tambet Tasuja
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Eyewell
Production: Taska Film OÜ
Contact: Sigrid Saag, Estonian Film Institute:


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