Estonia, Netherlands, Poland | 2017 | Rainer Sarnet
This strange, stunningly shot monochrome folk tale is set in a plague-ravaged 19th-century Estonia, where a farm girl yearns for a village boy who in turn yearns for a visiting baroness. These two young lovers are willing to do anything to realize their hearts’ desires—and with spirits, witches, werewolves, and even the Devil himself in the vicinity, the transformative possibilities are endless. This one-of-a-kind black-comedy fantasy, which won the cinematography prize at the Tribeca Film Festival and was Estonia’s official submission for this year’s Oscar for best foreign language film, is based on Andrus Kivirähk’s bestselling novel Rehepapp. “Braids together the primordial and the divine in endlessly surprising ways.” –L.A. Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 115 min.
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