This astonishingly creative debut feature is based on a true story and uses extraordinary visual techniques and language to tell the heart-wrenching tale of the fate of thousands of Estonians.
14 June 1941. Without warning tens of thousands of people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were removed from their homes. Without trial, men faced being sent to prison camps and women and children were deported to Siberia. This operation was Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s plan to purge the Baltic countries of their native inhabitants.
Erna, happily married and the mother of a young daughter, is sent to Siberia. Fighting starvation and humiliation in inhumane conditions, her soul seeks and finds freedom in the letters she sends to her husband who has been sentenced to prison camp.
Empty Space (Estonia, 2014, 10mins, animated short) directed by Ülo Pikkov will screen prior.