• The Smacking Sea

    The Smacking Sea

Estonia 1981 | 67 min.

Start festival: 04 November 2020, 10.00 am

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The Smacking Sea / Karge meri


A densely atmospheric ‘seascape’, based on a work by August Gailit (1891 – 1961), about the archaic lifestyle on an Estonian fishermen’s island.
Life on a remote island off the coast of Estonia is no less harsh than the sea that surrounds it. As young Katrina Leet finds out when the taciturn fisherman and seal hunter Matt Ruhve brings her here from the mainland as his bride. In this coastal village, even love tastes of salt. Further episodes depict the fate of this unmatched couple, telling the story of an archaic lifestyle full of hard work and thwarted hopes, and illustrating an ongoing battle with the rigours of the merciless natural world … “The Smacking Sea” is based on a 1938 story by August Gailit (1891-1960), who went into exile in Sweden in 1944, where he remained until his death. With this densely atmospheric ‘seascape’, director Arvo Kruusement adds to his series of cinematic adaptations of classics of Estonian literature.

Nordic Film Days Talks: Here curator Jörg Schöning talks about this year's retrospective program under the title "Fishermen's Films.
Cast & Crew
Director: Arvo Kruusement
Writer: Arvo Kruusement, nach dem Roman von August Gailit
Camera: Jüri Sillart
Cast: Merle Talvik (Katrina Leet), Tõnu Kark (Matt Ruhve), Mikk Mikiver (Siimen Tara), Ita Ever (Toora Jookus), Raine Loo (Epp Loona), Rein Aren (Kapitän Jaak Niilus), Aarne Üksküla (Pastor Lund)

Production: Tallinnfilm
Festival contact: Estonian Film Institute
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