Scandinavian Silence
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    Scandinavian Silence

    Skandinaavia vaikus

    Directed by

    Estonia, France, Belgium


    75 min

    • Estonian


    The psychological drama with thriller-like elements is about the reunition of two characters. Their journey through winter landscape forces them to discover the backgroun d of a violent event having taken place years ago. Unsolved past leads the characters to a choice that will define the future for both of them.


    • Europa Cinemas Label Award - Karlovy Vary IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Rea Lest
    Reimo Sagor
    Martti Helde
    Nathaniel Price
    Erik Põllumaa
    Sten-Johan Lill
    Jaak Ollino Jr.
    Mick Pedaja

    Director's Statement

    When making the film I was guided by the silence and alahoidlikus that’s very common for Nordic people. It’s a story that helps us understand why it’s so difficult for us to be open to each other. And what happens with us in situations when keeping silence is no longer possible. The film is built up according to exactly this moment – moment when the silence brakes. SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE is human and compassionate story filled with anger and love. (...)



    A brooding and multi-layered examination of a sibling relationship and the human desire to keep things suppressed.

    Laurence Boyce, Cineuropa

    Martti Helde

    Martti Helde


    I'm guided by my inner feelings - what gets me going, what is important to create for society.

    Martti Helde is an award-winning writer, director and a playwright, born in Estonia. His first feature length period drama IN THE CROSSWING (2014) received a wide resonance in international media and was awarded as the Best Estonian Film by th e Estonian Film Journalists Association (member of FIPRESCI). The same year, the film was selected for the international Toronto Film Festival, making IN THE CROSSWIND the first Estonian film included in the festival’s main programme. His film SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE (2019) had its European premiere in Karlovy Vary’s East of the West competition where it won the Europa Cinemas Label Award.
    Martti Helde is a highly valued young author for his daring ideas and innovative approach to the form and language of the film. His creative handwriting is characterized by tying together complex and diverse mediums; as well as Helde’s passion to pla y with the dramaturgy and form – attributes that are vividly demonstrated in all of his works.

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