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I Was Here


Nobody is born to be a drug dealer.

Rass (17), elite school student, though living alone in Estonian slum has couple of dreams. About family, love, but in order to buy food he agrees to sell some drugs and is drawn to the turbulence of events that he doesn’t control. Getting arrested may be his only chance to start that other life he is dreaming about.

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Original title: Mina olin siin
Director: Rene Vilbre
Adaptation and script: Ilmar Raag
Director of Photography: Mait Mäekivi
Art Director: Jaagup Roomet
Costume Designer: Anu Lensment
Sound: Olger Bernadt, Horret Kuus
Music: Jimi Tenor, Rainer Jancis
Editor: Joona Louhivuori
Principal Cast: Rasmus Kaljujärv, Hele Kõre, Tambet Tuisk, Margus Prangel, Marilyn Jurman

Producers: Riina Sildos, Aleksi Bardy
Produced by: Amrion, Helsinki-filmi OY
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min
World Premiere: July 8, 2008
National Premiere: September 11, 2008
Country of origin: Estonia, Finland
Original language: Estonian
Subtitled version: English

35 mm/ 1:1.85 / colour / Dolby Digital

Developed with the support of the Media Programme of the European Community and i2i Audiovisual.
In assosiation with Estonian Television
With the support of: Estonian Film Foundation, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Ministry of Culture

World sales Agent: Shoreline Entertainment

Festivals and awards:

Karlovy Vary IFF, July 8-9, 2008, Czech Republic
Arsenal FF, September 12-21, 2008, Latvia
Love & Anarchy, September 20-28, 2008, Finland
13th IFF for Children and Young Audience „Schlingel“, October 13-19, 2008, Germany
Kaunas IFF, October 9-19, 2008 Lithuania
Mostra de Valencia, October 14-22, 2008, Spain
22nd Braunschweig IFF, November 4-9, 2008, Germany
Scanorama, November 13-25, 2008, Lithuania
Cottbus, November 11-16, 2008, Germany
AFI European Union Film Showcase, November 15-17, 2008, USA
PÖFF+JustFilm, November 22-December 7, 2008, Estonia
12th Annual European Union FF in Chicago, March 6-April 2, 2009, USA
The European Independent FF (ÉCU) in Paris March 13-15, 2009, France
Estonian Film Days in St. Petersbourg, March 5-11, 2009, Russia
IFF  „Detective FEST” April 15-20, 2009 - Grand Prix in „Crime and Punishment” section
Days of European Film, April 16-23, Prague, April 24-30, 2009, Brno, Czech Republic
Kristiansand Int’l Children's FF, April 27-May 3, 2009, Norway
New Europe FF, April 16-26, 2009, UK
East End FF, April 25-29, 2009, UK
Nashville FF, April 16-23, 2009, USA
EUROCINE 27, European Film Days Brussels, Lille, May 9, 2009, France
Cannes market screenings, May 19-20, 2009, France
12th Brooklyn IFF, June 5-14, 2009, USA
XIII IFF, Moscow, August 27-September 4, 2009, Russia
Juniorfest, November 8-11, 2009, Czech Republic
Ale Kino, December 6-13, 2009, Poland

National Oscar Nomination 2008
Cultural Endowment of Estonia prize for the Best Feature of the Year 2008