“A dynamic crowd pleaser that highlights the value of sport to inspire entire nations.” - Ricardo Gallegos, La Estatuilla

Thursday, March 16, 8:15pm | Summer, 1990. The Soviet Union is teetering on the verge of collapse, while the Baltic nations struggle to regain their independence. Against this backdrop of political uncertainty, the Soviet Union basketball championship is about to begin, and the Estonian team, named Kalev, faces an impossible decision: listen to the growing call from Estonians for them to withdraw from the event, or defy public opinion and stay to play. Director Ove Musting’s feature debut - Estonia’s submission to the Academy Awards for consideration - is a rousing and dynamic crowd pleaser, where a loss on the basketball court will signify weakness to their oppressor, while a win will further forge their path to freedom.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - FIPRESCI Prize, Best Foreign Language, Palm Springs International Film Festival

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