OV title: Kalev

Country: Estonia

Director: Ove Musting

Screenwriters: Ove Musting, Mehis Pihla, Martin Algus

Cinematographer: Rein Kotov E.S.C.

Main cast: Mait Malmsten, Priit Võigemast, Reimo Sagor, Howard Frier, Veiko Porkanen, Mihkel Kuusk, Kristjan Sarv, Ott Kartau, Jonathan Peterson, Siim Maaten

Producers: Pille Rünk, Maria Avdjushko

Production companies: Allfilm / Ugri Film

Language: Estonian, Russian, English (with English subtitles)

Runtime: 95 minutes


Inspired by a true story...

It’s the summer of 1990. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse and the small Baltic nations struggle to regain their independence. Society is divided, there is fear and turmoil on the streets, just as the Soviet Union’s basketball championship is about to begin.

The Estonian team Kalev faces a momentous decision. With independence seemingly within arm’s reach, a rising tide of public opinion opposes the Estonian team’s participation in the USSR championship.

As professional athletes, the team makes the unpopular choice: to play ball. Against all odds, Kalev makes it to the finals only to find their battle had suddenly become much larger, as both the Estonian tri-color and red Soviet flags are unfurled…

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