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Kalamaja Blues

Participated in: MIDPOINT Smash Cut 2022

Estonian small-town girl Manna's world is rocked when her boyfriend breaks up with her on the same day as her long-divorced parents announce their re-engagement. It also happens to be her 18th birthday…


In the small Estonian island of Saaremaa, Manna, a blue-eyed yet strong-willed 18-year-old with a nervous disposition, gets broken up with by her childhood sweetheart Georg, 19, a slimy professional ice-skater, on the morning of her birthday. Just after this occurs, her mother Jane and father Leo let her know that they’ve chosen to get re-married after seven years of being divorced. Unable to process both of those things happening at once, Manna bolts to Tallinn in her scrap of a car, finding her way to the hipster neighborhood of Kalamaja, as well as her cousin Olli, 21, who made her way into the big city a year before due to her mother's conservative views on her homosexuality. The two wreak havoc on the big city nightlife, including breaking into an ice rink to get revenge on Georg, dating apps and dodgy parties. Manna meets Uku, a not-so-nice guy and also Arno, an-actually-nice-guy, but neither one gives her what she really needs - the courage to be able to face her "big feelings”.

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