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SATELLITE AWARDS 2019 – “TRUTH AND JUSTICE” wins Best International Motion Picture

Truth and Justicethe debut feature from Estonian director Tanel Toom, is the winner of the Best International Motion Picture Award at the International Press Academy’s annual Satellite Awards.

Other nominees were Atlantics (Senegal), Beanpole (Russia), Les Misérables (France), Pain and Glory (Spain), Parasite (Korea), Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France), and The Painted Bird (Czech Republic).

The film is based on a classic Estonian novel, and tells the story of Andres, a landowner who finds himself struggling to balance the demands of his land, his religion, and his family. In Estonia, Truth and Justice opened to over 250,000 viewers, making it the most viewed movie in Estonia’s history and breaking the previous record held by Avatar.

 “To be recognized by critics and journalists from all over the world is the greatest honor, for which I am so thankful to the International Press Academy,” said director Tanel Toom. “I am thrilled to see Truth and Justice stand alongside such incredible films and filmmakers.”

Truth and Justice had its World Premiere in October at the Busan International Film Festival in the World Cinema competition. In January, Truth and Justice will screen at the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in Awards Buzz section, where director Tanel Toom will be participating in the Oscars Shortlisted Directors Panel on January 6th.


In 1872 Estonia, the uncompromising new owner of Robber’s Rise must battle with hard work, his spiteful neighbor and with his own family and beliefs to transform the poor land into a flourishing farm of his dreams – to bring truth and justice to a god forsaken place.

About the Director:

Tanel Toom is an Oscar-nominated director and a Directing Fiction graduate of the National Film and Television School, UK. He has directed 10 short films and around 50 commercials. His shorts have been to over 35 international festivals (including San Sebastian, Warsaw and Venice Film Festival) and won numerous awards, including Best Foreign Film at the 37th Student Academy Awards for his short film “The Confession.” The same film was also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Live Action Short category at the 83rd Academy Awards.

About the Producer:

Producer and Sound Designer Ivo Felt co-founded the production company Allfilm in 1995. Ivo’s productions include Zaza Urushadze’s TANGERINES, nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2015 as well as Klaus Härö’s THE FENCER, nominated for the Golden Globe in 2016. His current slate as a Producer includes four feature films, a documentary in production and a few projects in development.


Festivals and Awards:

WON: Satellite Award, Best International Motion Picture (International Press Academy)

SHORTLISTED: 92nd Academy Awards, Best International Feature Film

Busan International Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection, World Cinema Competition

Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2020 – Official Selection, Awards Buzz


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