Spring (1969 film)

Spring (Estonian: Kevade) is a 1969 Estonian film directed by Arvo Kruusement[1] and is a film adaptation of Oskar Luts' popular novel of the same name.[2] The movie placed first place in the Estonian feature films top ten poll held in 2002 by Estonian film critics and journalists.[3] In 1970 the movie sold 558,000 tickets in Estonia, then nearly half of the country's total population of 1.36 million[4] and 8,100,000 in the Soviet Union in 1971.[5] The film was re-released in Estonia on 13 April 2006.

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Directed byArvo Kruusement
Produced byTallinnfilm
Screenplay byKaljo Kiisk
Voldemar Panso
Based onKevade
by Oskar Luts
Music byVeljo Tormis
CinematographyHarry Rehe
Edited byLudmilla Rozenthal
Release date
  • January 5, 1970 (1970-01-05)
Running time
84 minutes
CountriesEstonian SSR
Soviet Union

The film was shot in Palamuse, which was the prototype area of Oskar Luts' "Paunvere". It was followed by three sequels: 1976's Summer (Suvi), 1990's Autumn (Sügis) and 2020's Winter (Talve), all of which included original actors from this film.


  • Arno Liiver as Arno Tali
  • Riina Hein as Raja Teele
  • Aare Laanemets as Joosep Toots
  • Margus Lepa as Georg Aadniel Kiir
  • Ain Lutsepp as Tõnisson
  • Leonhard Merzin as Teacher Laur
  • Kaljo Kiisk as Kristjan Lible
  • Rein Aedma as Jaan Imelik
  • Kalle Eomois as Kuslap
  • Raul Haaristo as Vipper
  • Heiki Koort as Peterson
  • Heido Selmet as Visak
  • Endel Ani as Sacristan aka Julk-Jüri
  • Tõnu Alveus as Lesta
  • Ita Ever as Arno's mother
  • Silvia Laidla as Köögi-Liisa
  • Ervin Abel as Papa Kiir


  1. ^ International Film Guide 1981 - Page 371
  2. ^ Eastern Europe By Tom Masters ISBN 978-1-74104-476-8
  3. ^ tallinnfilm.ee Archived 2008-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1970 census
  5. ^ Kevade business @IMDB

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