Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

December Heat

Year: 2009
Country: ESTONIA
Language: Estonian, Russian, English
Run Time: 90 minutes

December Heat
December Heat
December Heat
December Heat

DECEMBER HEAT is a lavish action-drama based on the attempted Communist takeover of Tallinn, Estonia on December 1, 1924. Tanel is a soldier whose new bride Anna is fed up with the misery in her country. She persuades Tanel to emigrate to Paris; but just as they are boarding the train out of the country, there's chaos in the streets. The Comintern is struggling to take over Tallinn's power points – government offices, the train station, the telegraph office – but the city's soldiers and populace fight back ferociously. Anna is taken hostage by the Bolshevik leader, a former friend from their student days. With men from both sides being massacred in a hail of bullets, Tanel is called upon to save his wife and his country's freedom. The outcome of the takeover of Tallinn hinges on a bit of 1920s technology, a communiqué that the Estonian Communists must send by telegraph to their Soviet comrades waiting for news on the other side of the border. You might recall that a series of Russian cyber-attacks against Estonian web sites crippled the nation's internet access in 2007. It seems the struggle for cross-border control of Estonia goes on. (In Estonian and Russian with subtitles) –B.B.

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Lauri Vahtre, Mihkel Ulman

Asko Kase

Asko Kase is a writer, editor and director.

"Hundi agoonia" (2006), "Zen läbi prügi" (2007), DECEMBER HEAT (2009)

Artur Talvik

Kjell Lagerroos

Tambet Tasuja

Principal Cast
Sergo Vares, Liisi Koikson, Tõnu Kark, Mait Malmsten, Tambet Tuisk, Carmen Mikiver, Ain Lutsepp, Emil-Joosep Virkus

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