Films

The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow

The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow, "Mehetapja / Süütu / Vari"

World Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Sulev Keedus makes films seldom. But when he does, it is worth talking about for a long time. His new film isn’t an exception.

The film consists of three short stories taking place in different eras and deal with a woman’s place in the Estonian society and with the freedom to make her own choices. At the end of the nineteenth century Maara is wed against her will – it was the time when patriarchal traditions ruled. In 1949 Elina faces deportation – this is the oppression exercised by the political power. In both cases force majeure directs fate and choices are made for them. In the twenty-first century Luna Lee tries to escape the emptiness inside of her although freedom seems to be limitless. Unfortunately the world around her is in an existential crisis full of broken souls like her.

All three main characters are convincingly played by Rea Lest, who is one of the most popular actresses of the newer Estonian film. But she is not the only one masterfully fusing the different timespaces – mythological, nightmarish and dreamy – into a whole. There is a visible or invisible web surprisingly connecting other characters and events as well notwithstanding whether it is the nineteenth, twentieth or twenty-first century.

There are films, where there is little to watch and a lot to think about. And vice versa – films, where there is a lot to watch and little to think about."The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow" is a film, where there is a lot to watch and... a lot to think about. Keedus has said about his work: "Film is first and foremost a secret." We like secrets.

Tiit Tuumalu

Sulev Keedus

(b. 1957) graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical Institute in 1979 as a stage director and completed a two year course for screenwriters and film directors in Moscow as a fiction film director in 1989. He has made many documentaries and 5 feature films. His debut in feature length fiction film was in 1990 with "A Single Sunday". His feature films "Georgica" (1998) and "Somnambuul" (2003) won many festival awards around the world.  Documentary "Jonathan From Australia" (2007) was awarded of the Estonian Film Journalists' Association, by the Estonian Cultural Endowment and by the Estonian Filmmakers' Union for the best documentary of the year. 

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: Ainus pühapäev (1990)
  • Vaarao lapsed (1991, doc)
  • In Paradisum (1993, doc)
  • Georgica (1998)
  • Somnambuul (PÖFF 2002)
  • Perekond (2004, doc)
  • Tormise regi (2005, doc)
  • Jonathan Austraaliast (Jonathan from Australia, PÖFF 2007, doc)
  • Kirjad Inglile (PÖFF 2011)
  • Varesesaare venelased (2012, doc)
  • Sõda (2017, doc)
  •  Mehetapja. Süütu. Vari. (2017)

Schedule

25.11.2017
18:00 - 20:50
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 091501
Guests (7)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Sulev Keedus, Producer Rasa Miskinyte, Crew Saulius Urbanavičius, Cast Rea Lest, Crew Ivar Taim, Crew Martynas Bialobzeskis, Producer Kaie-Ene Rääk
29.11.2017
20:30 - 22:50
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 130701
Sold out
30.11.2017
19:00 - 21:20
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 142002
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Sulev Keedus
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection
Estonian Film Competition

Film info

Countries: Estonia, Lithuania
Year: 2017
Duration: 140 minutes
Language: Estonian
Director: Sulev Keedus
Producers: Kaie-Ene Rääk,  Rasa Miskinyte
Writer: Sulev Keedus
DOPs: Erik Põllumaa, Ivar Taim
Montage: Kaie-Ene Rääk
Composer: Martynas Bialobžeskis
Cast: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Toomas Suuman, Üllar Saaremäe, Priit Pedajas
Productions: F-Seitse, Era Film

Synopsis

Director

Sulev Keedus makes films seldom. But when he does, it is worth talking about for a long time. His new film isn’t an exception.

The film consists of three short stories taking place in different eras and deal with a woman’s place in the Estonian society and with the freedom to make her own choices. At the end of the nineteenth century Maara is wed against her will – it was the time when patriarchal traditions ruled. In 1949 Elina faces deportation – this is the oppression exercised by the political power. In both cases force majeure directs fate and choices are made for them. In the twenty-first century Luna Lee tries to escape the emptiness inside of her although freedom seems to be limitless. Unfortunately the world around her is in an existential crisis full of broken souls like her.

All three main characters are convincingly played by Rea Lest, who is one of the most popular actresses of the newer Estonian film. But she is not the only one masterfully fusing the different timespaces – mythological, nightmarish and dreamy – into a whole. There is a visible or invisible web surprisingly connecting other characters and events as well notwithstanding whether it is the nineteenth, twentieth or twenty-first century.

There are films, where there is little to watch and a lot to think about. And vice versa – films, where there is a lot to watch and little to think about."The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow" is a film, where there is a lot to watch and... a lot to think about. Keedus has said about his work: "Film is first and foremost a secret." We like secrets.

Tiit Tuumalu

Sulev Keedus

(b. 1957) graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical Institute in 1979 as a stage director and completed a two year course for screenwriters and film directors in Moscow as a fiction film director in 1989. He has made many documentaries and 5 feature films. His debut in feature length fiction film was in 1990 with "A Single Sunday". His feature films "Georgica" (1998) and "Somnambuul" (2003) won many festival awards around the world.  Documentary "Jonathan From Australia" (2007) was awarded of the Estonian Film Journalists' Association, by the Estonian Cultural Endowment and by the Estonian Filmmakers' Union for the best documentary of the year. 

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: Ainus pühapäev (1990)
  • Vaarao lapsed (1991, doc)
  • In Paradisum (1993, doc)
  • Georgica (1998)
  • Somnambuul (PÖFF 2002)
  • Perekond (2004, doc)
  • Tormise regi (2005, doc)
  • Jonathan Austraaliast (Jonathan from Australia, PÖFF 2007, doc)
  • Kirjad Inglile (PÖFF 2011)
  • Varesesaare venelased (2012, doc)
  • Sõda (2017, doc)
  •  Mehetapja. Süütu. Vari. (2017)