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Georg

Georg
Director: Peeter Simm

Estonia, 2007, 107 min, drama
Georg is a film tale based on true life facts of the fate, and the artistic and personal life of Estonia’s most well-known singer, Georg Ots (1920-1975). This extraordinarily talented singer never reached the world’s great opera stages. Those were the times. Outside Estonia, he was known and loved only by the audiences in the Soviet Union and in Finland. The unique timbre of Ots’ voice is still remembered today.

The film tells the story of the artist’s fate shaped by difficult and unstable years. It is a very personal tale of love, intrigue and family. Georg married three times. Just before the war he married his sweetheart, Margot. People said that they had been the prettiest couple in Estonia. The war separated Georg and Margot and they never met again.

21-year old Ots was mobilized to the Soviet Army. In Jaroslavl, Russia, he fell head over heels in love. His beloved was the beautiful dancer with a complicated fate, Asta Saar. After adventures in Africa and France in her early childhood, Asta had been performing in Estonia as a dancing child prodigy since she was six years old. Her artistic soul and temperament probably came from her gipsy mother; she had no formal training in dance.

After the war, Georg and Asta took up equal positions at the Estonia theatre – one in the opera choir, the other in the ballet troupe. Georg made a brilliant soloist career in a couple of years; Asta did not proceed beyond corps de ballet. The former prodigy could not take it, artistic jealousy rose in the family, it grew stronger with years and finally ended with a crash. But this demon-like woman continued to influence Georg’s fate until the end of his days.

The next stage in Ots’ life was his third marriage, to the model Ilona. Their daughter Mariann was born and finally, everything seemed to be perfect. Then came serious illness. The doctors did not conceal the diagnosis. Georg knew that he did not have long left. When incurably ill, he began to make true one of the theatrical dreams he had had for the whole of his life – to stage Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. He had performed the hero of this tale himself many times – both on the stage and in real life. On this last occasion there was no escape from the cold grasp of the Statue of Stone.
Section: Music moves the world

Screenplay: Alexsander Borodianski, Mati Pöldre

Dir. of Photography: Rein Kotov

Music: Juri Potejenko

Cast: Marko Matvere, Anstasia Makeeva, Renars Kaupers, Elle Kull, Tönu Kark