In this gorgeously bizarre 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 who possesses all that he longs for.
“A midnight movie classic in the making … both gravely serious and demonically funny, it’s meant to knock audiences off balance. Mission accomplished.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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 bewitching black and white cinematography, filmmaker Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist, but must ask if existence is worth anything if it lacks a soul? (Dir. by Rainer Sarnet, 2017, Estonia/Netherlands/Poland, in Estonian/German with English subtitles, 115 mins., Not Rated)