Adapt or Run! 3 young men escaping to the west from last days of Soviets Estonia

Feature film - 90 min - Comedy


Fast-paced action comedy “The Dissidents” takes us back to the 1980s. Three Estonian guys flee Soviet Union, because they want to have as awesome life in the free world as they’ve seen in TV series “Miami Vice”, “Knight Rider” and “Santa Barbara”. Swedes welcome friends as real heroes, who broke through the Iron Curtain. But as the media circus blows over, our dissidents discover that they’ve become nothing more than tedious immigrants. To put food on the table, they have to do something as lame as… work! But the boys are no quitters, so they come up with new crazy plans that should guarantee success in the Western world. That’s when things go totally insane!

“The Dissidents” stars Märt Pius (“1944”, “Zero Point”), Karl-Andreas Kalmet (“1944”) and Veiko Porkanen (“Ghost Mountaineer”). Henrik Kalmet, Ott Sepp, Marika Barabanštšikova, Tõnu Kark, Andres Dvinjaninov, Esko Salminen and many others.

The film is directed by Jaak Kilmi (“Disco And Atomic War”, “Revolution of Pigs”), original screenplay written by Martin Algus (“Class Reunion”) and produced by Taska Film (“Class Reunion”, “1944”). Cinematographer is Aigars Sērmukšs, art director Katrin Sipelgas, costume designer Anu Lensment and editor Tambet Tasuja.

Inspired by a certain era, the story, events and characters in this film are fictional. Any resemblance to real life people, names or events is coincidental.

Title Information

Title: The Dissidents
Original title: Sangarid
Director: Jaak Kilmi
Writer: Martin Algus
Producer: Kristian Taska
Co-producers: Ilkka Matila (MRP Matila Röhr Productions), Janis Kalejs (Film Angels Productions)
Production Company: Taska Film OÜ
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 90 min
Language: Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, English
Subtitles: English, Russian
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Tagline: Adapt or run!
Cast: Märt Pius – Ralf, Karl-Andreas Kalmet – Speculator, Veiko Porkanen – Meathead, Esko Salminen – Old Producer, Julia Berngardt – Rita
Available: The world except: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Ukraine