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The Little Comrade

 In the midst of Stalinist tyranny, six-year-old Leelo’s mother is sent to a prison camp. Haunted by her mother’s last words telling her to be a good kid, Leelo vows to be on her best behaviour in the confusing grown-up world in the hope that it will bring her mother back.

Genre: family, historical drama
Director: Moonika Siimets
Scriptwriter: Moonika Siimets (based on novels “Comrade Kid and Grown-Ups” and “Velvet and Sawdust” of Estonia’s beloved children's author Leelo Tungal)
DOP: Rein Kotov
Art Director: Jaagup Roomet
Editor: Tambet Tasuja
Cast: Helena Maria Reisner, Eva Koldits, Tambet Tuisk, Juhan Ulfsak, Maria Klenskaja, Julia Aug (Russia)
Sound: Matis Rei
Composer: Tõnu Kõrvits
Producer: Riina Sildos
Production company: Amrion
Shooting location: Estonia
Shooting period: : August-November 2016; March-June 2017
Supported by: Estonian Film Institute and Creative Europe MEDIA Programme

100 min/ HD / DCP

„The Little Comrade“ was selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2016.

The film is made the frame of EV100 Programme dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

Estonian premiere March 23, 2018. 

Festivals and awards:

  • Busan IFF, South-Korea, October 2018 - BNK Busan Bank Award (Audience Award)
  • Waterloo Historical Film Festival, Belgium, October 2018 - Grand Prix, Film Critics Award, Young Actress Award to Helena Maria Reisner
  • Riga International Film Festival, Latvia, October 2018
  • Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany, October 2018 - Best Feature Debut
  • Minsk International Film Festival Listapad, November 2018 - Best Cinematography (Rein Kotov E.S.C.)
  • Arras Film Festival, France, November 2018
  • Noordelijk Film Festival, The Netherlands, November 2018
  • Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival, Finland, November 2018
  • Camerimage Film Festival, Poland, November 2018
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, November 2018
  • UK Film Festival, November 2018 – Best Feature Film 2018
  • The Estonian Film Journalists Association award The Virgin Maali - Best Film of the Year 2018 / January 2019
  • Palm Springs Film Festival, USA, January 2019
  • 25th European Film Festival in Lebanon, January 2019
  • International Film Weekend Würzburg, Germany, January 2019
  • Cultural Endowment of Estonia Annual Award in the area of audiovisual art to director Moonika Siimets, producer Riina Sildos and cinematographer Rein Kotov E.S.C.; Best actress of 2018 award to Helena Maria Reisner
  • Estonian Film And Television Awards 2019 – Best Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Composer; April 2019
  • Tiburon International Film Festival Golden Reel Awards – Best Children's Film; April 2019
  • Fajr International Film Festival, Iran, April 2019
  • European Union Film Festival, Singapore, May 2019
  • Baltic Film Days in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2019
  • Kyev International Film Festival "Molodist", Ukraine, May 2019
  • European Union Film Festival in Japan, June 2019
  • Kimolos International Film Festival, Greece, June 2019 –  Special Mention for Screenplay
  • Western Gate International Film Festival in Pskov, Russia, June 2019  – Festival Grand Prix
  • Hong Kong International Children's and Youth Film Carnival, July-August 2019
  • Carl International Film Festival in Karlskrona, Sweden, August 2019  – Audience Award
  • Baltic Wave International Film Festival in Nida, Lithuania, August 2019
  • Central European Film Festival in Timisoara, Romania, August-September 2019 - Special prize for interpretation to actress Helena Maria Reisner
  • Baltic Film Days in Vilnius, August 2019
  • Baltic Film Days in Oslo, October 2019
  • International Film Festival for Young Audiences, Brussels, Belgium October 2019
  • China Women's Festival, Beijing, China, October 2019
  • Baltic Film Festival in New York, USA, November 2019
  • East by Southeast Film Festival Copenhagen, Denmark, November 2019
  • European Union Film Festival in Ottawa, Toronto ja Vancouver, Canada, November–December 2019
  • Estonian Days in Białystok, Poland, November 2019
  • Estonian Film Days in Užupis, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 2019
  • International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! in Poznan, Poland, December 2019
  • American Film Institute European Union Film Showcase in Maryland, USA, December 2019
  • Human Dignity, Equality, Justice Film Festival held by United Nations in Minsk, Belarus, December 2019