Estonia, 2014 (MIFF 2015, International Panorama)

Director: Martti Helde

"First time features this audacious come once in a blue moon … will leave you awe-struck in the literal sense of the word." – Indiewire

While Hitler's Final Solution rolled out across Europe, Stalin was planning his own quiet act of genocide: the mass deportation and execution of more than half-a-million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as he rooted out anti-Soviet elements.

Based on the real life diaries and letters of Erna, a young woman separated from her husband in the brutal pogrom and sent to a gulag, In the Crosswind is the remarkable, genre-breaking directorial debut from young gun Martti Helde. Filmed entirely as a sequence of tableaux vivants – literally "living pictures" – the result is a monumental film as photograph, utilising more than 700 actors to create awe-inspiring recreations of Erna's journey. Four years in the making and shot in lustrous 35mm black and white, In the Crosswind is arthouse filmmaking of the highest order, and marks the emergence of a startling new talent.

See also...


One of the titans of radical filmmaking, Jean-Marie Straub has been dynamiting cinematic conventions for more than five decades. In his new feature-length work, Kommunisten, Straub takes a retrospecti... More »


"Awash in textural richness … half theatre of the absurd, half aching sensual reminiscence." – Slant ... At a camp for soldiers' spouses, the inhabitants spend the winter waiting for their partners to... More »


"This stark depiction of grace under pressure contains echoes of … Bresson and Tarkovsky, Kaneto Shindo and Terrence Malick." – Hollywood Reporter ... On a tiny mud deposit in the middle of the Inguri... More »


An engrossing, morally challenging engagement with the history of Armenian genocide and its radical activism. ... Fresh from Cannes, the new film from politically charged French-Armenian director Robe... More »

1001 GRAMS

In life, there's no such thing as a perfect standard. ... At the Norwegian Institute of Weights and Measures, the prototype kilogram is kept under lock and key, with lab technician Marie one of its ke... More »


"A warm, gently humorous take on serious life changes … works despite, rather than because, of its sports hook." – Variety ... Filmmaker Adrián Biniez presents a layered telling of a man-child's strug... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director