Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 PM

(Dir. Rainer Sarnet, 2017, Estonia/Netherlands, 115 min)

Set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam, Rainer Sarnet’s third feature film is a bold, twisted fairy tale about unrequited love.  In November, 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, from spirits, the devil, and from Christ.  They are willing to give away their souls to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts, who help their masters, whose soul they purchased, steal even more.  A young farmgirl Liina (Rea Lest) is hopelessly in love with Hans (Jörgen Liik), a nearby farmhand, whose heart she loses to the daughter of the German manor lord.  In order to regain his love, Liina turns to any means necessary, even if that means tapping into the black magic that is circling around the village.  Estonian pagan legends and Christian mythologies come to a spellbinding intersection in this critically acclaimed masterpiece.

“…a simultaneously beautiful and utterly disgusting look at pagan life, its rituals, and the fantastic creatures and supernatural occurrences that made this pre-modern world go ’round.” – Ariel Esteban Cayer, Fantasia International Film Festival

“Both gravely serious and demonically funny, it’s meant to knock audiences off balance. Mission accomplished.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone