(Narrative Feature, 120 mins)
Synopsis: In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap. With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?
Director: In his 48 years of existence, Rainer Sarnet has directed five films, lived with three women, accumulated about ten friends, passionately loved Fassbinder and directed theatre plays by Przybyszewski, Gorky, and Jelinek. He mostly writes his own scripts but usually bases them on literary classics. He is captivated by the different facets of the human soul.
And The Moon Stands Still
(Animated Short, 10 mins)
Attending: Yulia Ruditskaya (Director)
Synopsis: The presence of the moon affects all under its glow. The film explores the lunar cycle and the energies invoked by its radiance.
Director: Born in Minsk, Belarus. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Graduated from the Department of Design at Belarusian State University (Minsk) and School-Studio of Animated Film “SHAR” (Moscow). Since 2003, Yulia has worked as а director, animator, illustrator and motion designer for independent projects for brands, musicians, and non-profit clients with her focus in the animated short film. Yulia has been teaching animation classes and workshops.