The Little Comrade

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    The Little Comrade

    Seltsimees laps

    Directed by

    Estonia

    2018

    100 min

    • Estonian

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • BNK Busan Bank Award - Busan IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Helena-Maria Reisner
    Tambet Tuisk
    Eva Koldits
    Liina Vahtrik
    Juhan Ulfsak
    Lembit Peterson
    Maria Klenskaja
    Yulia Aug
    Screenplay
    Moonika Siimets
    Cinematography
    Rein Kotov
    Festival Bookings
    ESTONIAN FILM INSTITUTE
    Production
    AMRION
    Sales
    EYEWELL AB

    Press

    Eyewell is happy to represent this big little film, with the charming and perfect for the role 6-old Leelo in the main lead together with her father. Anyone who gives this ageless gem, The Little Comrade time and reflection will be greatly rewarded!

    Michael Werner, Eyewell

    An affecting and richly visualized coming-of-age story set in Soviet Estonia during the Stalinist terror of the 1950s.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Siimets' sensitive adaptation of the autobiographical novels by Leelo Fungal has a sweet charm, finding glimmers of hope and humour in the darkest of times.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    Moonika Siimets

    Moonika Siimets

    Estonia

    In filmmaking I am mostly inspired by people and their unique stories. Their passion, pettiness, anger, envy, generosity, the ability to love and forgive. As a director, I’ve always had one very important question for myself: “Why do I need to tell this specific story to the world?“. If I am unable to answer the question honestly, then there is also no reason to make the film.

    Moonika Siimets is a talented Estonian female director and scriptwriter. She graduated from the Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University and attended Judith Weston's scriptwriting and directing master classes in Los Angeles. She has directed award-winning documentaries, TV series, and short films, including IS IT YOU?, which screened at Stockholm Film Festival (2013), THE LAST ROMEO (2013), and PINK CARDIGAN (2014). Her documentary credits include REPORT: GREEN ESTONIA (2007), ANOTHER DIMENSION (2012), TRENDY DOG (2010), and WORLD CHAMPION (2009). In 2018 she was one of six women to direct a short clip for the documentary film ROOTS. Her first feature film THE LITTLE COMRADE (2018) premiered in Busan IFF.

    Selected Filmography