Join us in celebrating Estonian centenary and come to the UK premiere of an Estonian feature film November.
Film directed by Rainer Sarnet.
The film is based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel “Rehepapp”.
Best Cinematography TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Best Film RIGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official selection: KARLOVY VARY, STIGES, SHANGHAI
Estonian pagan and European Christian mythologies come together in this film. Both mythologies look for a miracle; for an ancient force that gives one a soul. This film is about souls – longing for a soul, selling your soul and living without a soul.
The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. The villagers’ main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter. And, to that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, and from spirits, the devil, and Christ. To guard their souls, they’ll give them away to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts, who help their masters by stealing more. They steal even if their barns are already overflowing. Stealing is an obsession that makes the villagers more and more like the soulless creatures they command, the kratts. The main character of the film is a young farm girl named Liina who is hopelessly and forlornly in love with a village boy named Hans. Her longing makes the girl become a werewolf and jump into an ice-cold pond. She’s ready to die in the name of love.
The pragmatic farmers are faced with a question: is the life that they’ve won through so much toil worth anything if it lacks a soul?
The event is organised together with the “London Book Fair” and the “London Book Screen Week”. londonbookandscreenweek.co.uk
In partnership with Estonian Embassy, Latvian Embassy, Latvian Literature and Lithuanian Embassy in the United Kingdom.