Edgar Grünthal escaped Estonia in 1945, fleeing from German army inscription and Russian invaders. He biked over 250km to get to the port city of Pärnu, where he took a boat from dry dock to sail to Sweden, one stormy night. Edgar then immigrated to Canada, travelling around the country to work as a seaman and handyman to earn a living.

  • Monty Langford
  • Monty Langford
  • Edgar Grünthal
    Key Cast
    "Edgar (as himself)"
  • Paul Grünthal
    Key Cast
    "Paul (as himself)"
  • Lara Grünthal
    Key Cast
    "Lara (as herself)"
  • Emily Grünthal
    Key Cast
    "Emily (as herself)"
  • Monty Langford
    Key Cast
    "Monty (as himself)"
  • Monty Langford
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
    United Kingdom
    April 26, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Global Indie Film Fest
    United Kingdom
    September 30, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Monty Langford

Monty Langford started his film career in Toronto, Ontario, in 2018. He started working as a post-production Coordinator, working on projects such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, Hobbs & Shaw, and Monster Hunter. Monty later transitioned into working on the sets of short films and music videos, cutting his teeth as a PA, and part of the G&E teams. Soon after, Monty realized his passion for writing and directing, and has been building a portfolio to show the world.

Monty’s favourite film genres are adventure, historical, fantasy, and science-fiction, while saving some time for a good comedy.

"I love telling stories, and I love the hustle on set. I hope to one day make something as epic as my favourites and cause someone to cry like I do every time a Phil Collins song comes on in Disney’s animated Tarzan, from 1999."

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Director Statement

This 15-minute short-documentary not only serves as a memento to my grandfather, but symbolizes the larger story of European immigrants, to North America, the years during and after The Second World War.