segunda-feira, 25 de março de 2024

November - Rehepapp - (2017)

November is based on Estonian novel "Rehepapp" by Andrus Kivirähk, a bestseller of the last twenty years. The film is a mixture of magic, black humor and romantic love. The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. The villagers' main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter. And, to that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, and from spirits, the devil, and Christ. To guard their souls, they'll give them away to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts, who help their masters by stealing more. They steal even if their barns are already overflowing. Stealing is an obsession that makes the villagers more and more like the soulless creatures they command, the kratts. The main character of the film is a young farm girl named Liina who is hopelessly and forlornly in love with a village boy named Hans.


Director

Rainer Sarnet


Stars

Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi


Subs: English

YOUTUBE LINK: https://youtu.be/ew5mo6proLM

Estonia's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

Despite Estonia being ruled by Germanic nobles, Estonia was part of the Russian empire at the time (as Germanic nobles still controlled much of Estonia under Russian control). This puts the date somewhere between 1720-1900. Neither Russia nor Germany clamped down on pagan beliefs until well into the late 19th century, making Estonia one of the last pagan states in Europe. Due to the Soviet's policy of forced atheism in the early 1900s, Estonia remained secular for many years, leaving it as one of the least religious countries in the world as of the 21st century.


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