'The Poll Diaries' Sweeps German Film Academy Awards

14. April 2011

Estonia's highest-budget film received Germany's most prestigious motion picture award, the Lola, in four of the five categories for which it was nominated.

"The Poll Diaries," directed by Chris Kraus and filmed on location in Valgerand near Pärnu, received the awards for best actor in a supporting role (Richy Müller), best camerawork (Daniela Knapp), best art direction (Silke Buhr) and best costume design (Gioia Raspé).

Kraus also received the director's award at the PÖFF festival in Estonia in December 2010. As of April 13, the film, starring Tambet Tuisk, is Estonia's third biggest domestically-produced box-office hit of the last three years.

The film recreates a Baltic community on the brink of World War I, drawing from Kraus's own family lore. The movie is a dramatic depiction of the grimly gothic spirit prevailing in the doomed aristocratic society of 1914.

With a budget of eight million euros, this is the most expensive movie ever co-produced by an Estonian film company. Several film funding institutions from Germany and Austria, Eurimages, the Estonian Film Foundation and the Cultural Endowment supported the production.