Directed by Rainer Sarnet
Starring Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Katariina Unt, Arvo Kukumägi, Dieter Laser, Taavi Eelmaa
In 19th Century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, who is in turn infatuated with a visiting German baroness. The two attempt to win their heart’s desire amidst a backdrop of spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself.
Rainer Sarnet’s beautifully strange rumination on love and loss set against a pagan backdrop of fairy-tale and mythological themes is a compelling journey through an unsettling dream landscape. The intense black and white cinematography calls to mind the work of filmmakers as diverse as Bergman, Lynch and Carl Theodore Dreyer, but Sarnet’s film is completely of itself, and manages to create its own fully formulated world.
Set in a surreal version of 19th Century Estonia, local peasant workers survive hunger and the cold through a mixture of begging,