1944: Forced to Fight (2015)


Introduction

In 1944 Estonia, a fratricide war ensues when Estonians of the retreating German forces fight against Estonians conscripted into the advancing Soviet Red Army.

Also known as 1944, Freres Ennemis, and Bruder/Feinde.

Outline

In 1944 the Battle of Tannenberg would become one of the bloodiest conflicts of World War II. The SS are repelling the Russian invasion of Germany, but half of the infantry is made up of eastern Europeans, drafted in from Siberian labor camps and forced to fight their own brothers.

Cast

  • Kaspar Velberg … Karl Tammik.
  • Kristjan Üksküla … Jüri Jõgi.
  • Maiken Pius … Aino Tammik (as Maiken Schmidt).
  • Gert Raudsep … Ants ‘Saareste’.
  • Hendrik Toompere Jr. … Kristjan ‘Põder’ (as Hendrik Toompere Jr.).
  • Karl-Andreas Kalmet … Vladimir ‘Kamenski’.
  • Henrik Kalmet … Voldemar ‘Piir’.
  • Pääru Oja … Sanitar Elmar ‘Säinas’.
  • Priit Strandberg … Lembit ‘Raadik’.
  • Priit Pius … Vennad Käärid.
  • Märt Pius … Vennad Käärid.
  • Kristo Viiding … Leonhard ‘Talu’.
  • Jaak Prints … Autojuht Richard Pastak.
  • Magnús Mariuson … ‘Taanlane Carl’, Carl Madsen.
  • Mait Malmsten … Omavalitsuse tegelane.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Elmo Nuganen.
  • Producer(s):
    • Maria Avdjushko … associate producer.
    • Ilkka Matila … producer.
    • Kristjan Rahu … executive producer.
    • Kristian Taska … producer.
  • Writer(s): Leo Kunnas.
  • Music: Jaak Jurisson.
  • Cinematography: Rein Kotov and Mart Taniel.
  • Editor(s): Kimmo Taavila and Tambet Tasuja.
  • Production: Matila Röhr Productions (MRP) (co-production) and Taska Film.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Atlantic Film (2015) (Finland) (theatrical).
    • Garsu Pasaulio Irasai (2015) (Latvia) (theatrical).
    • Garsu Pasaulio Irasai (2015) (Lithuania) (theatrical).
    • Just Entertainment (2015) (Netherlands) (all media).
    • Ninenty Seven (2015) (France) (all media).
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2015) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2015) (Germany) (Blu-ray) (DVD).
    • Film Movement (2016) (USA) (all media) (subtitled).
    • European Dreams Factory (2016) (Spain) (theatrical).
    • Atlantic Film (2016) (Finland) (Blu-ray) (DVD).
    • Interfilm (2016) (Japan) (DVD).
    • Yleisradio (YLE) (2017) (Finland) (TV).
  • Release Date: 08 February 2015 (Berlin International Film Festival).
  • Running Time: 100 minutes.
  • Rating: 12/15.
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