TRUTH & JUSTICE (ESTONIA/2019/DRAMA)
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Estonia, 1870. The uncompromising new owner of Robber’s Rise must battle with hard work, his spiteful neighbor and with his own family and beliefs to transform the poor land into a flourishing farm of his dreams – to bring truth and justice to a god forsaken place.
The film is an adaptation of the first volume of the 1926–1933 social epic pentalogy of the same name by Estonian author A. H. Tammsaare.
TRUTH AND JUSTICE is the story of an uncompromising man whose soul is corrupted by the relentless pursuit of his dream.
Estonia, 1870. Young and staunch Andres along with his wife Krõõt arrive at a farm bought on a loan to establish their new life. Desolate and neglected between the marshes, Robber’s Rise must be transformed into a place that will take care of the family. All they have to do is to break the resistance of the barren land, make his neighbour cooperate, and raise an heir – a son to inherit his father’s life’s work.
But when nature refuses to bend, the neighbour turns out to be a roughneck rival, and Krõõt keeps giving birth to daughters, Andres struggles to find the right way. In his desperate search for truth and justice – from the court, the tavern and the Bible, he sacrifices his family, his friends and eventually himself. The beautiful dream of prosperous and nurturing Robber’s Rise gives way to an obsession, resulting in none of the things Andres wanted and everything he was afraid of.
The film is made the frame of EV100 Programme dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
A multi-decade story of an idealistic 19th-century farmer whose bull-headed determination to turn his land into a fruitful homestead makes him blind to the psychological toll around him.
Director, Screenwriter: Tanel Toom, based on the novel by Anton Hansen Tammsaare
Producer: Ivo Felt
Production Co: Allfilm
Cast: Priit Loog, Priit Võigemast, Maiken Schmidt, Ester Kuntu, Simeoni Sundja
- Tanel Toom, Best Film Nominee, Beijing IFF, 2020.
- Tanel Toom, George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition Nominee, Cleveland IFF, 2020.
- Tanel Toom, Best Foreign Language Film Nominee, Palm Springs IFF, 2020.
- Best Motion Picture, Intl Film, Satellite Awards, 2019.
Festivals and other Awards
- Oscar Shortlist, 2020.
- Estonian Oscar Submission, 2020.
- Busan IFF, 2019.
- Official Competition, Palm Springs, 2020.:
- International Press Academy Satellite Award 2019 (Winner of the Best International Motion Picture)
- Estonian Press Academy Award 2019 (Winner of the Best Movie of the Year)
Articles relating to Awards:
- "Truth and Justice," a new film based on the eponymous series of novels by Estonian author Anton Hansen Tammsaare, racked up a total cinema attendance of 205,595 over four weeks of screening, making it Estonia's most-watched film since Estonia regained its independence in 1991.
The all-time record had previously been held by James Cameron's "Avatar," which saw cinema attendance in Estonia of 194,327.
- Already a record-breaking box office blockbuster domestically, Estonia's official submission in the best international feature film Oscar race jumped onto the Academy shortlist earlier this week, only the second time in history that a film from this small Baltic nation has made the grade.
- Estonian epic Truth And Justice is Tanel Toom’s debut feature and was recently shortlisted for the International Feature Oscar. Based on a classic local novel, it’s been a smash hit at home where it was released in the spring, selling 267K tickets in a country of just 1.3M people — and topping Avatar to become Estonia’s most successful film of all time. When the shortlist came out, the surprise inclusion was snapped up by sales outfit Films Boutique. This isn’t Toom’s first brush with Oscar — his 2010 The Confession won a Student Academy Award and was later nominated as Best Live Action Short.
- Estonia's newly shortlisted contender in the best international feature film Oscar category is a handsome family saga painted on a grand historical canvas...Truth and Justice may be painted with a broad brush, but the canvas is beautifully detailed...“
- A respectful, well-made literary adaptation. Variety
- The contrast between a highly traditional plot and visual approach with a more modern, throbbing score from Mihkel Zilmer is notably effective.
- The film had a budget of 2.5 million euros and made a box office of 1.55 million euros. It is the most-watched film in Estonian cinemas since Estonia regained its independence. Estonian film journalists selected it as the best Estonian film in 2019.
- Budgeted at approximately $3 million, “Truth and Justice” is one of the country’s most expensive productions, reflected in excellent production design as well as an overall handsome package. Cinematographer Rein Kotov also shot the nationalist epic “1944,” going in here for a quieter sense of sweep, using the expansive widescreen canvas for frequent panoramas of the landscape as it changes through the seasons.
- Truth and Justice was made on a government grant of roughly $3 million, very modest by Hollywood standards but a huge sum for a home-grown Estonian feature. Sumptuously shot, it looks like a much bigger budgeted production. Indeed, it feels like the kind of old-school middlebrow Oscar bait that might have scored multiple awards back in the David Lean era, but will likely prove a little earnest and parochial for 21st century Academy voters.
- In the scene where the pigs are in the rye, three topless men played the pigs. Maiken Schmidt, who played Krõõt, had no idea that pigs were replaced by men so it came a total surprise to her when "pigs" actually started coming when she called them.
- The time period, when the events are happening, is 24 years.
- The movie was filmed in 24 locations around Estonia.
- There are 90 actors in the movie who have a named character.
- The real Vargamäe is located in Vetepere, in the center of Estonia. The Vargamäe in the movie was filmed in Vastse-Roosa, near Estonian-Latvian border. This was done because the real Vargamäe has too many modern infrastructure and new houses, and the landscape has changed considerably since the 19th century.
- Seven farmhouses were built for the film, all of them represent the Mäe family.
- The newspaper that Indrek is playing with, is Eesti Postimees.
- The budget was 2,5 million Euros.
- Official submission of Estonia for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.
- The actors spent some time in Estonian Agricultural Museum to learn old time farm work.
- To make the farmhouses look like they were built in the 19th century, logs from old houses were used.
- The looks of the Oru farmhouses were filmed in Rocca al Mare Open-Air Museum.
- The sickles in the movie were real and quite sharp, so Simeoni Sundja, who plays Juss, cut himself while grain cutting.
- There are about 50 animals in the movie.