"Truth and Justice" 2019
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Truth and Justice

TRUTH AND JUSTICE is the story of an uncompromising man whose soul is corrupted by the relentless pursuit of his dream.

Estonia, 1870. Young and staunch Andres along with his wife Krõõt arrive at a farm bought on a loan to establish their new life. Desolate and neglected between the marshes, Robber’s Rise must be transformed into a place that will take care of the family. All they have to do is to break the resistance of the barren land, make his neighbour cooperate, and raise an heir – a son to inherit his father’s life’s work. But when nature refuses to bend, the neighbour turns out to be a roughneck rival, and Krõõt keeps giving birth to daughters, Andres struggles to find the right way. In his desperate search for truth and justice – from the court, the tavern and the Bible, he sacrifices his family, his friends and eventually himself. The beautiful dream of prosperous and nurturing Robber’s Rise gives way to an obsession, resulting in none of the things Andres wanted and everything he was afraid of.


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


Director & Screenwriter:
Tanel Toom
Rein Kotov
Production Designer:
Jaagup Roomet
Costume designer:
Kristiina Ago
Make-up artist:
Liisi Roht
Mihkel Zilmer
Sound Designer:
Matis Rei
Tambet Tasuja
Armin Karu, Madis Tüür
Ivo Felt
Tatiana Detlofson
Priit Loog, Priit Võigemast, Maiken Schmidt, Simeoni Sundja, Ester Kuntu
Feature / 165 min / 149 min (Int.) / 2.39:1 / 5.1
Domestic release date 20th February, 2019
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“Truth and Justice” festivals:


  • Busan International Film Festival 2019, Busan, South Korea
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019, Estonia
  • Palms Springs International Film Festival 2020, USA
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020, USA

“Truth and Justice” awards:

  • International Press Academy Satellite Award 2019 (Winner of the Best International Motion Picture)
  • Estonian Press Academy Award 2019  (Winner of the Best Movie of the Year)
"Truth and Justice" 2019