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Synopsis

It is 1950 in the Soviet Estonia and the Stalinist terror machine works at full steam – 6-year-old Leelo’s school principal mother is arrested before her very eyes. „If you’re a good kid, I’ll be back soon,” are her mother’s last words as she is taken away at gunpoint. So Leelo is on her very best behaviour, but yet her mother does not return. A fear creeps into the child’s soul that it is her fault her mother was taken. The confusion only grows as „good” and „bad” no longer seem to hold any meaning in these troubled times. Why is the Estonian flag suddenly forbidden? Who is the people’s enemy and why is the scary NKVD lurking around their home? Is it an honour or a shame to be a pioneer?

In this odd two-faced world, Leelo tries her best to be good, but is instead embroiled in one scrape after another and becomes ever more confused as to what it even means to be a good kid.

The first full-length feature of director Moonika Siimets is based on beloved writer Leelo Tungal’s autobiographical novels „Comrade Kid and the Grown-Ups” and „Velvet and Sawdust”.

Director
Moonika Siimets

(b. 1980) graduated from the audiovisual department of Tallinn University, majoring in directing (2006). Her filmography includes documentary films „World Champion” (2009), „Trendy Dog” (2010) and short films „As Time Goes on” (2012), „Pink Cardigan” (2014). „The Little Comrade” is her first full-lenght film.

Filmography
  • Viimane Romeo (short, 2013)
  • Oled see sina? (short, 2013)
  • Seltsimees laps (2018)
  • Juured (doc, 2018, co-dir)
Sun, 25.11.2018
7:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
100807
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 100807
Movie guests
Director Moonika Siimets, Producer  Riina Sildos, Cast  Tambet Tuisk, Cast  Helena Maria Reisner,   Leelo Tungal
Mon, 26.11.2018
4:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
111406
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 111406
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: Estonia
Year: 2018
Duration: 100 minutes
Languages: Estonian, Russian
Director: Moonika Siimets
Producer: Riina Sildos
Writer: Moonika Siimets
DOP: Rein Kotov
Montage: Tambet Tasuja
Composer: Tõnu Kõrvits
Cast: Helena Maria Reisner, Tambet Tuisk, Eva Koldits, Juhan Ulfsak, Liina Vahtrik
Production: Amrion
Festival: Busan (Audience Award)
Synopsis

It is 1950 in the Soviet Estonia and the Stalinist terror machine works at full steam – 6-year-old Leelo’s school principal mother is arrested before her very eyes. „If you’re a good kid, I’ll be back soon,” are her mother’s last words as she is taken away at gunpoint. So Leelo is on her very best behaviour, but yet her mother does not return. A fear creeps into the child’s soul that it is her fault her mother was taken. The confusion only grows as „good” and „bad” no longer seem to hold any meaning in these troubled times. Why is the Estonian flag suddenly forbidden? Who is the people’s enemy and why is the scary NKVD lurking around their home? Is it an honour or a shame to be a pioneer?

In this odd two-faced world, Leelo tries her best to be good, but is instead embroiled in one scrape after another and becomes ever more confused as to what it even means to be a good kid.

The first full-length feature of director Moonika Siimets is based on beloved writer Leelo Tungal’s autobiographical novels „Comrade Kid and the Grown-Ups” and „Velvet and Sawdust”.

Director
Moonika Siimets

(b. 1980) graduated from the audiovisual department of Tallinn University, majoring in directing (2006). Her filmography includes documentary films „World Champion” (2009), „Trendy Dog” (2010) and short films „As Time Goes on” (2012), „Pink Cardigan” (2014). „The Little Comrade” is her first full-lenght film.

Filmography
  • Viimane Romeo (short, 2013)
  • Oled see sina? (short, 2013)
  • Seltsimees laps (2018)
  • Juured (doc, 2018, co-dir)