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

Goodbye Soviet Union
(Hüvasti, NSVL)

Year: 2020
Country: ESTONIA
Language: Estonian, Finnish, Russian
Run Time: 86 minutes

Goodbye Soviet Union
Goodbye Soviet Union
Goodbye Soviet Union
Goodbye Soviet Union

Johannes’ life was unconventional from the start. Not knowing who his father was, Johannes’ mother wrote that Lenin was the father on his birth certificate. After all, as his grandfather says, “Lenin is the father to all fatherless children in the Soviet Union.” After his rebellious mother leaves to find work in Finland, Johannes is left with his conservative grandparents, where he is raised in an idyllic secret village surrounding a uranium plant. But after an accident with a contaminated body of water, Johannes loses half his hair and the family is forced to find another place to live—leading to a new series of calamities. As western influence expands throughout the Soviet Union, and the Soviet leaders struggle to hold onto their dwindling power, Johannes’ family is stuck somewhere in the middle, often in some pretty absurd situations. A hilarious coming-of-age satire, GOODBYE SOVIET UNION follows Johannes as he navigates the complexities of growing up in the Estonian Soviet Republic, just as the sun is setting on the Soviet empire. (In Estonian, Finnish, and Russian with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF45 Screenings

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Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition


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Elen Lotman

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Principal Cast
Niklas Kouzmitchev, Nika Savolainen, Ülle Kaljuste, Tõnu Oja, Pääru Oja, Jekaterina Novosjolova, Elene Baratašvili, Dima Bespalov, Anne Reemann, Piret Krumm, Sten Karpov, Viktor Lanberg, Enrico Oja

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