"Take it or leave it" 2018

Take it or leave it

What would you do if one day a newborn baby was put on your hands and said: take it or leave it!



One sleepy Saturday morning a 30-year-old construction worker Erik gets some earth shattering news: his ex-girlfriend Moonika who he hasn’t even seen for the past six months is about to go into labour. She however is not ready for motherhood and if Erik doesn’t want the kid either, the little girl will be put up for adoption. Take it or leave it!


The film is made the frame of EV100 Programme dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.


Director & Screenwriter:
Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo
Erik Põllumaa
Production Designers:
Markku Pätilä (FIN), Kirsi Lember (EST)
Costume Designer:
Anu Lensment
Key Make-Up:
Kairit Nieländer
Sound Designer:
Seppo Vanhatalo (FIN/EST)
Sten Sheripov
Tambet Tasuja
Line Producer:
Johanna Trass
Ivo Felt
Reimo Sagor, Nora Altrov, Emily Viikman, Liis Lass, Adeele Sepp, Epp Eespäev, Andres Mähar, Egon Nuter, Mait Malmsten
Feature / 102 min / 4K / 1:2,35 / 5.1
Domestic release autumn 2018

“Take it or leave it” festivals:


  • Warsaw International Film Festival 2018, Poland
  • CineEast International Film Festival 2018, Luxembourg
  • Noordelijk Film Festival 2018, The Netherlands
  • Cottbus International Film Festival 2018, Germany
    • Best Actor Award
  • Arras Film Festival 2018, France
    • Jury’s Special Mention
    • Critics’ Award
  • International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2018, Germany
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2018, Estonia
  • AFI Fest 2018, USA
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019, USA
  • 17th Pune International Film Festival 2019, India
  • 42nd Göteborg Film Festival 2019, Sweden
  • Santa Barbara Film Festival 2019, USA
  • 34th Mons International Film Festival 2019, Belgium
  • Chicago European Union Film Festival 2019, USA
  • 20th edition of the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne Music & Cinema 2019, France
    • Grand Prix
  • Vilnius Film Festival 2019, Lithuania
  • 26th Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest 2019, Prague
  • Annapolis Film Festival 2019, USA
  • 47th Belgrade International Film Festival 2019, Serbia
  • 37th Fajr International Film Festival 2019, Iran
  • Baltic Film festival San Francisco 2019, USA
  • American Cinematheque 2019, USA
  • Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic Film Festival 2019, Belarus
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2019, USA
  • Shanghai International Film Festival 2019, China
  • Baltic Debuts Film Festival 2019, Russia
    • Jury’s Special Mention
  • Helsinki IFF Love and Anarchy 2019, Finland
  • The Baltic Film Festival 2019, New York, USA
"Take it or leave it" 2018