European Union Film Festival

1944

2015, Elmo Nüganen, Estonia/Finland, 100 min. With Marko Leht, Priit Pius.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 26th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 29th 8:00pm

"Poignant…shows a flair for grand-scale spectacle…an impressively kinetic in-your-face energy." — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Estonia’s official Oscar submission and a mega-hit on home turf, 1944 centers on a WWII national tragedy. Seized and occupied in turn by the Soviet Union and Germany in the pivotal year of the title, the nation is turned against itself in bloody warfare that sets brother against brother. Director Nüganen effectively contrasts the grand-scale and scope of battlefield combat with the personal agony of divided loyalties through the dilemma of a young soldier in Red Army uniform who courts the sister of a dead man under false pretenses. Courtesy of Taska Film. In Estonian, Russian, and German with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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