march 16–26


In the Crosswind
2014 Estonia 87 min N-13
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This black-and-white art film audaciously creates tableaux vivants to provide a requiem for tens of thousands of people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who were emoved from their homes and deported to Siberia or killed on Joseph Stalin’s orders in the summer of 1941. A voiceover narration draws on the actual diary of an Estonian wife and mother, Erna. Before June 14, 1941, she lives in a rural idyll with her husband and their young daughter. For her, time takes on another dimension. Fighting starvation and humiliation in inhuman conditions, her soul seeks and finds freedom in the letters she sends to her husband who has been sentenced to prison camp. Even so, the years in Siberia rob Erna of something much more precious than just her youth. This film is based on a true story and uses extraordinary visual techniques and language.

"The Day I Grew Up" (2008, short), "In the Crosswind" (2014, "Kino pavasaris"), "Superbia" (2014, short, "Kino pavasaris").

About Directors

Martti Helde (b. 1987 in Tallinn, Estonia).
Total votes: 15
Director(s) - Martti Helde
Screenwriter(s) - Martti Helde, Liis Nimik
Actors - Laura Peterson, Tarmo Song, Ingrid Isotamm, Einar Hillep, Mirt Preegel
Producer(s) - Piret Tibbo-Hudgins, Pille Rünk
Cinematographer - Erik Põllumaa
Editor(s) - Tanel Toomsalu, Liis Nimik
Composer(s) - Pärt Uusberg
Sales agent - Deckert Distribution GMBH
Distributor -
Production company -
Dialogues - Estonian
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English
"The Day I Grew Up" (2008, short), "In the Crosswind" (2014, "Kino pavasaris"), "Superbia" (2014, short, "Kino pavasaris").

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