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Baltic Storm

Baltic Storm
Greta Scacchi, Andreas Guenther (photo © Top Story Film/Rainer Bajo)

During the night from the 27th to 28th September 1994, the Swedish-Estonian ferry Estonia sank in the middle of the Baltic Sea. 852 people lost their lives, only 145 were saved. Until today, this has remained the biggest shipping catastrophe in European waters since the end of World War II.

Julia Reuter, a German journalist, is trying to get the scoop on military black market arms trafficking from Russia. Her investigations lead her to Tallinn in Estonia, where on the evening of the 27th September 1994 she misses the ferry Estonia by mere minutes.

Erik Westermark is a Swedish lawyer, who is returning from a sailing trip along the Estonian coast with his 10-year-old son aboard the Estonia But the ferry doesn't make its port of call, it sinks in the midst of the cold Baltic Sea. Erik is among the rescued, but his son's fate remains unclear.

While reporting about the tragedy, Julia meets Erik in a hospital in Stockholm. Both notice that the hastily assembled governmental investigating commission is very concerned with hushing up the actual background facts of the sinking. Together, they seek to get to the bottom of the whole story and become embroiled in the intricate crossfire between secret services and militaries. What started out as a "normal" search for the truth, ends as a final confrontation between "David" and "Goliath".


Reuben Leder is active as a writer, producer, and director. His film and television work includes: The Rockford Files, Incredible Hulk, Magnum, P.I., Walker Texas Ranger, Zeus & Roxanne, and Baltic Storm, among others.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Reuben Leder
Screenplay Reuben Leder
Cinematography Robert Nordstroem, Nicolas Joray
Alan Strachan
Mauri Sumén, Katarina Holmberg
Joris Hamann
Cast Greta Scacchi, Jürgen Prochnow, Donald Sutherland, Dieter Laser, Barbara Schoene
Producers Jutta Rabe, Kaj Holmberg
Production Company Top Story Filmproduction/Potsdam, in co-production with Aquarius LLP/Cardiff, Baltic Storm/London, Smile Entertainment/Copenhagen, in cooperation with NDR/Hamburg, ARTE
Length 113 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA), Nordmedia, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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