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The Riddle of Jaan Niemand

Põrgu Jaan
Director: Kaur Kokk
EE 2018105' et

Somewhere in Estonia at the beginning of the 18th century, after ten years of war, plague and famine, the land is swept clean of people. On one starry night, two peasants find a stranger on the seashore. He’s disheveled and comatose. They take him to the local manor lord and bring him back to consciousness. When he opens his eyes, he realizes that he can’t remember who he is or how he got there. He’s just as much a stranger to himself as to the people around him. 

He must come to terms with the question: Who am I? He finds himself in a bizarre world, one full of meager uncertainty and growing disorder. There are sparse hints at his past… but what do you do when there is more than one correct answer to a question?

Curator's point of view: Kaur Kokk continues the tradition of folk Gothic in Estonian cinema started by Rainer Sarnet, however he has given up the black-and-white conditionality. The director handles different genres brilliantly and inserts Bollywood-style song and dance numbers in the most dramatic moments of the growing-up story.