Shortlisted as Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards, nominated as Best Foreign Picture at the Golden Globes, won Best Picture and Best Cinematography at Jussi Awards, won Best International Feature at St. Louis International Film Festival, won Jury Award at Stony Brook Film Festival, won Best Director at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, won Best Feature at Stony Brook Film Festival, won Best Film at Anjalankoski Film Sunday.
“It’s surprising how polite and restrained everything is. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be wiping your eyes as the credits start to roll” - Arizona Republic
Cairo International Film Festival, Arras Film Festival, Festival de Cinema Europeen des Arcs, Una Finestra Su Nord International Film Festival, Kyoto Historica International Film Festival, CameraImage International Film Festival
Based on a true story. Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.