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Disko ja tuumasoda (2010)

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Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the Warsaw International Film Festival, this witty, charming, and provocative film recounts how in the mid 1980's, the nation of Estonia still lay firmly in the grip of the Soviet Union, and the repressive authorities controlled virtually all aspects of Estonian life. The totalitarian government's power was derived in no small part from their ability to censor cultural life and keep Western culture on the other side of the border. Rock and Roll was but a rumor and the only television shows on the air were dreary propaganda. But one day everything changed. Just a few miles across the border in Finland, a huge new television antenna was built that broadcast western signals in all directions--including directly into the heart of the Talinn, the capital of Estonia. As illicit television antennas sprung up in Northern Estonia, rumors about the attempted murder of J.R. Ewing spread by word of mouth to the rural south, and the nation of Estonia was as gripped by the saga as the USA had ever been. Teenagers went to their school dances and imitated the disco moves they saw on television, clothing and hairstyles began to change radically, and things would never be the same. The government controlled media scrambled to create western-style soap operas and disco-saturated television programming that vaguely reinforced communist values, but it was far too little, and much too late. The genie was out of the bottle, Estonians were now in the grip of American television, and they began to dream that one day, they too would spend their days working in skyscrapers and their nights drinking fine whiskey by the pool, alongside their robot car.


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93% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 12th, 2010 (Limited) by Icarus Films, released as Disco and Atomic War
Running Time: 80 minutes
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Keywords: Political
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Eetriuksus, Helsinki Filmi Oy
Production Countries: Estonia,


Hagi Shein    Herself
Edward Lucas    Himself
Georgi Potsheptsov    Herself
Esko Salminen    Himself
Sakari Kiuru    Herself
Arvo Sildnik    Himself
Nikolai Haug    Himself
Gerda Viira    Herself
Oskar Vuks    Himself
Toomas Pool    Himself
Jaan-Joosep Puusaag    Himself
Einar Kotka    Herself
Aleksandr Aug    Himself
Birgit Veemaa    Herself
Katrin Roosipuu    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Kiur Aarma
Co-Producer    Aleski Bardy
Co-Producer    Annika Sucksdorff
Screenwriter    Kiur Aarma
Screenwriter    Jaak Kilmi

Tiny List of Limited Releases

November 12th, 2010

There are not a lot of limited releases that we have solid theater counts for, plus a couple others where the distributors haven't sent in that information. Of the four, only one, Cool It, it opening in more than one theater. However, it is also earning weak reviews. The best film according to Rotten Tomatoes is Disco and Atmoic War, while Tiny Furniture has the best shot and finding an audience. More...

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