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by Antti Jokinen


The story of two women from two different eras linked by separate tales of deceit, desperation - and fear. Aliide has experienced the horrors of the Stalin era and the deportation of Estonians to Siberia, but she herself has to cope with the guilt of opportunism and even manslaughter. One night in 1992 she finds a young woman in the courtyard of her house; Zara has just escaped from the claws of the Russian mafia who held her as a sex slave. Aliide later finds out that the girl is related to her. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other’s motives; gradually, their stories emerge, the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia’s Soviet occupation.

international title: Purge
original title: Puhdistus
country: Finland, Estonia
sales agent: TrustNordisk
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Antti Jokinen
release date: FI 07/09/2012
screenplay: Marko Leino, Antti Jokinen
cinematography by: Rauno Ronkainen
film editing: Kimmo Taavila
art director: Tiina Paavilainen
costumes designer: Anna Vilppunen
producer: Jesse Fryckman, Tor Jonasson, Lone Korslund, Sofi Oksanen, Jukka Helle, Markus Selin, Kristian Taska, Maria Avdjushko
production: Solar Films Inc. Oy, Taska Film
backing: Finnish Film Foundation, Estonian Film Foundation, MEDIA, Nordisk Film & TV Fond
distributor: Nordisk Film AB

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