The little comrade
Moonika Siimets (based on novels “Comrade Kid and Grown-Ups” and “Velvet and Sawdust” by Leelo Tungal)
Helena Maria Reisner, Eva Koldits, Tambet Tuisk, Juhan Ulfsak, Maria Klenskaja
One day, six-year-old Leelo’s school teacher mother is taken away by soldiers and the little girl has to find answers to a lot of questions on her own: why is the blue-black-white flag forbidden, what’s a traitor, why is a scary NKVD detective snooping around in their home and is being a Soviet Pioneer a thing of honor or shame? Through frequently tragicomic situations, Leelo tries to be as good a girl as she can in the two-faced, Stalinist world around her so that her mother will one day come back home.
Moonika Siimets is a talented Estonian director and scriptwriter. She graduated from the Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University as director. Since graduating cum laude in 2006 she has written and directed numerous successful shorts and documentaries. Her debut feature film THE LITTLE COMRADE (2018) is a part of the Estonian Republic 100 anniversary film-funding programme and was a box-office hit in domestic distribution. At the moment she is in development with a documentary project CHILDREN OF TALSINKI.