Archive of films Scandinavian Silence / Skandinaavia vaikus

Estonia / France / Belgium
2019, 75 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2019

A brother and sister set out across a silent winter landscape, but after years apart they have difficulty communicating. This minimalist study of a difficult sibling relationship presents three versions of the same story, asking whether time can heal the wounds of the past.


Martti Helde’s second feature takes us into a silent winter landscape where a newly released inmate reunites with his sister after many years apart. They set out on a journey together but have difficulty communicating. In order to truly re-connect they will have to face the traumas of the past head-on. This minimalist study of a difficult sibling relationship presents three versions of the same story, offering viewers different ways of looking at the events in question. The result is a focused exploration of the protagonists’ inner worlds, whose intensity is underscored by the film’s black-and-white cinematography and its ambient soundtrack.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Martti Helde

Martti Helde (b. 1987, Tallinn, Estonia). Selected filmography: The Day I Grew Up (Päev, mil ma kasvasin, 2008, short), Külm on (2010, short), In the Crosswind (Risttuules, 2014), Superbia (2014, short). Scandinavian Silence (Skandinaavia vaikus, 2019)


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About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP
European premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Martti Helde
Screenplay: Martti Helde, Nathaniel Price
Dir. of Photography: Erik Põllumaa, Sten-Johan Lill
Music: Mick Pedaja
Editor: Jaak Ollino Jr.
Art Director: Anneli Arusaar
Producer: Elina Litvinova
Production: Three Brothers
Coproduction: ARP Selection, Media International
Cast: Rea Lest, Reimo Sagor
Contact: Three Brothers


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Martti Helde

Film Director


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