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The Man Slayer / The Virgin / The Shadow

original title: Mehetapja / Süütu / Vari

2017, 140 min., color, Estonian-Spanish

beginning of the 20th century family history fate of a woman love Middle Ages repressions trilogy

COUNTRIES: Estonia, Lithuania
PRODUCTION : BUDGET : 835 000 euro



Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Toomas Suuman, Üllar Saaremäe, Priit Pedajas, Katariina Unt, Peeter Volkonski, Juhan Ulfsak, Ain Lutsepp, Mari Lill, Helena Merzin


Director : Screenplay : Sulev Keedus
Cinematographer : Erik Põllumaa (ESC), Ivar Taim
Producers : Kaie-Ene Rääk, Rasa Miškinyté


FESTIVALSPÖFF /Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2017 (World Premiere)


The Man Slayer employs a theme known in Scandinavian and Estonian folklore. The time frame of the story is from the early morning of a wedding day until the early morning of the following day. The characters are driven by force majeure – the local customs and rituals which were common a hundred years ago. The leading character Maara is a young bride who is about to start her life in her new family.

The Virgin, set in the spring of 1949, tells the story of a young woman called Elina, who has been deported from Ingria into Estonia. In fear of being deported to Siberia, she enters into a fictitious marriage with an Estonian man named Heino.  The wedded couple live in the verandah of the flat of Heino’s uncle, each keeping to their respective corner and sleeping in separate beds. Someone informs the “the organs” (NKVD, the Soviet law enforcement agency) of the fictitious marriage and the couple are called in for interrogation. It is based on a true story.

The Shadow moves in the present, on the border areas between reality and fantasy. The main character, Luna Lee, has decided to flee from home. Is there something else besides emptiness somewhere? As luck would have it, she becomes a witness to the failing relationship between an unemployed actor and his wife. In contrast, Pastor Theophilus of St. Peter’s congregation offers Luna Lee a contract with God. However, Theophilus ends up being useless as a savior as well.

The common link between the three short stories is the leading character: Maara, Elina and Luna Lee are all played by the same actress.