The Temptation of St. Tony

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The Temptation of St. Tony
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Directed by Veiko Õunpuu
Produced by Katrin Kissa
Written by Veiko Õunpuu
Starring Taavi Eelmaa
Music by Ülo Krigul
Cinematography Mart Taniel
Edited by Thomas Lagerman
Veiko Õunpuu
Release dates
  • 10 October 2009 (2009-10-10)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Estonia
Language Estonian

The Temptation of St. Tony (Estonian: Püha Tõnu kiusamine) is a 2009 Estonian film written and directed by Veiko Õunpuu, starring Taavi Eelmaa. The plot has been described as a black comedy and centers around a successful, middle aged man who becomes interested in questions about morality.[1] The film was a co-production between companies from Estonia, Sweden and Finland.[2][3]


  • Taavi Eelmaa as Tõnu
  • Ravshana Kurkova as Nadezhda
  • Tiina Tauraite as Tõnu's wife
  • Sten Ljunggren as Herr Meister
  • Denis Lavant as Count Dionysos Korzybski
  • Hendrik Toompere Jr. as Toivo
  • Katariina Lauk as Toivo's wife
  • Harri Kõrvits as Director
  • Taavi Teplenkov as Urbo
  • Marika Barabanstsikova as Urbo's wife
  • Rain Tolk as Kleine Willy
  • Liis Lepik as Tõnu's child
  • Valeri Fjodorov as Nadezhda's father
  • Evald Aavik as Priest

Awards and nominations[edit]

Markku Pätilä and Jaagup Roomet were nominated for Best Production Designers at the European Film Awards 2010 for their work on the film.[4] The Temptation of St. Tony was selected as Estonia's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards,[5] but it didn't make the final shortlist.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (2008-10-23) "Shooting begins on Veiko Õunpuu’s feature The temptation of St. Tony." Estonian Film Foundation. Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  2. ^ Pham, Annika (2009-04-27). "Interview with Katrin Kissa." Cineuropa. Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  3. ^ Ruus, Jaan (2009-09-16). "Õunpuu ränk heitlus elu ja kunsti nime." Eesti Ekspress. Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  4. ^ "Nominations for the 23rd European Film Awards". European Film Academy. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  5. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (2010-09-10). "Estonia enters 'St. Tony' in Oscar race". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  6. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 

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