A Year Full of Drama

Directed by Marta Pulk, 2019 Estonia 109 minutes
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A job advert with a difference: seeking someone who’s never been to the theatre to watch every production in one small country for a whole year. 224 Estonian productions later…

The successful candidate is a small-town girl from a Russian-speaking family (a fact that puts her on the periphery of Estonian society). Alissija hasn’t been to the theatre since she was a small child, so she’s about to immerse herself in and document a world she knows nothing about. It’s not just the performing arts that are new to Alissija; she’ll also be moving to Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, and living away from family. As the months pass, she experiences everything from farce to the classics, and ends up questioning theatre’s place in the world, as well as her unique role. Alissija’s curious and courageous theatrical journey – 224 shows in 365 days (matinees included) – turns out to be a life-changing and true coming-of-age story.  

Marta Pulk (born 1988) earned her Master’s degree in filmmaking from the Baltic Film and Media School. Her short films have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. 

Program Strand
Europe! Voices of Women in Film,
15+, must not be exhibited to anyone under 15 years unless they are accompanied by an adult
In Estonian and Russian with English subtitles
Premiere Status
International Premiere,
Marta Pulk,
Paul Piik,
Aivo Rannik,
Hendrik Mägar,
Culture, Documentary, Women's Issues, Eastern Europe, Family, Women Directors,
Company Credits
Production Company: Kinoteater,