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by Margus Paju


It’s August 1939 and Europe fears an imminent war. Standing alone against Stalin’s Soviet Union and Hitler’s Third Reich, the country of Estonia suffers a fatal blow when the head of counter-Soviet Intelligence is murdered, raising suspicions of a mole within their ranks. As global, political and military events unfold at a dizzying speed, the task of finding the mysterious Soviet double agent falls to Estonian spy, Feliks Kangur. But whilst chasing down the traitor, Germany and the Soviet Union make their move to invade Poland, and Feliks makes a chilling discovery… The Red Army have actioned a covert operation to annex Estonia next, an event that would have devastating consequences for both his country, and his secret relationship with young Polish art historian, Maria.

international title: Dawn of War
original title: Dawn of War
working title: O2
country: Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Margus Paju
film run: 100'
screenplay: Tom Abrams, Tiit Aleksejev, Eriikka Etholén-Paju, Olle Mirme
cinematography by: Meelis Veeremets
film editing: Marion Koppel
art director: Jaagup Roomet
costumes designer: Kristina Lõuk
music: Eriks Esenvalds, Rihards Zalupe
producer: Esko Rips, Kristian Taska
co-producer: Jukka Helle, Jānis Kalējs, Diana Mikita, Lukas Trimonis
associate producer: Andreas Kask
line producer: Hanna Virolainen
production: Taska Film, Solar Films Inc. Oy, Film Angels Studio Production, iN SCRiPT

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