Scandinavian Silence (2019)

Estonian director Martti Helde offers three variatons on the same events in this prize-winning, artfully packaged sibling drama.

Young Estonian writer-director Martti Helde earned glowing reviews and a raft of festival prizes with his visually arresting 2014 debut feature In The Crosswind, which dramatized a brutal true story of wartime ethic cleansing using a series of monochrome tableaux vivants. Mounted on a more modest scale, but similarly striking in look and style, Helde’s second feature Scandinavian Silence is an elegant two-hander about mute siblings struck dumb by dark secrets.

Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

  • Orig. title: Skandinaavia vaikus
  • Language: Estonian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Three Brothers
  • Print source: Three Brothers
  • Cinematography: Erik Põllumaa, Sten-Johan Lill
  • Editing: Jaak Ollino Jr.
  • Music: Mick Pedaja
  • Sound: Matis Rei
  • Production design: Anneli Arusaar