IN THE CROSSWIND

RISTTUULES

By Martti HELDE

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First film - Completed 2014

14 June 1941. Estonian Erna, a mother of a young daughter, is sent to Siberia. Fighting starvation and humiliation, her soul seeks and finds freedom in the letters she sends to her husband who has been sentenced to prison camp. This film uses extraordinary visual techniques and language.

Festivals
& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2014
Premiere
Warsaw FF 2014
Ecumenical Jury Award
Thessaloniki IFF 2014
Artistic Achievement Award
IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg 2014
Auszeichnungen der Empfehlungsjury der Kinobetreiber
Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2014
Prize for the Best Cinematographer, the Estonian Film Award, the FICC [International Film Clubs] Don Quixote Award for Best Film
IFF Camerimage 2014
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • First film, Drama
    • Countries
    • ESTONIA
    • Languages
    • ESTONIAN
    • Duration
    • 87 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Martti HELDE
    • Writer(s)
    • Martti HELDE
    • Producer(s)
    • Pille RÜNK (ALLFILM OÜ), Piret TIBBO-HUDGINS (ALLFILM OÜ)
    • Synopsis
    • 14 June 1941. Without warning tens of thousands of people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were removed from their homes. Without any sort of trial men faced being sent to prison camps and women and children were deported to Siberia. The aim of this extraordinary operation – carried out on the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin – was to purge the Baltic countries of their native inhabitants.
      Estonian Erna, happily married and the mother of a young daughter, is sent to Siberia. 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 to tell the heart-wrenching tale of the fate of thousands of Estonians.
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