Directed by Kaur Kokk, drama, 105 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Kauk Kokk, Anti Naulainen
With Meelis Rämmeld, Andres Lepik, Pääru Oja, Peeter Volkonski
Somewhere in Estonia at the beginning of the 18th century. After ten years of war, plague and famine, the land is swept clean of people. The few remaining souls are scattered about, living in misery and lacking hope. An anxious silence hangs over the land. On one particularly starry night, two peasants find a stranger on the seashore. He can’t remember who he is or how he got there. He’s just as much a stranger to himself as to the people around him and must come to terms with the question: Who am I? He finds himself in a bizarre world, one full of meagre uncertainty and growing disorder. There are sparse hints at his past… but what do you do when there is more than one correct answer to a question? What do you do when the answers aren’t good enough? He embarks upon a journey of self-discovery with the most unlikely of landscapes as the backdrop.
Kaur Kokk's debut feature is a thought-provoking mystery piece inspired by the gruesome period after the Great Northern War, bringing to mind the famous case of Kaspar Hauser. The film is one of the five full-length features being made in honour of the 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.