PÕRGU JAAN THE RIDDLE OF JAAN NIEMAND
Estonia at the end of ten ravaging years of Nordic War, plague and famine. The country has been desolated, the few people remaining are suffering from serious neglect and devoid of hope. Farmers discover an unconscious stranger on the beach and quickly bring him to a manor house. He manages to recover – though he can’t even remember his name. He is no one at all, as unfamiliar to himself as the hostile environment he finds himself in. The baron’s little son is listless, the serfs are superstitious and insubordinate. A suitcase that washes ashore gives the stranger a name: Jaan Niemand, a German-Baltic doctor. His advice is sorely needed. But who is he really? What is the story behind his scar and the dead nag? What if he no longer wants to be the man he apparently once was? Clues for a potential solution to the riddle pile up, but they don’t bode well: when a dead woman returns from Hell and foretells a deluge, it begins to rain. This film was created alongside four others in the scope of the celebration of the one-hundredth birthday of the Republic of Estonia.
Born in 1987 in Tartus, Estonia. He graduated from the Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University in 2013 and has been successful with his short films both in Estonia and abroad. His short film OLGA received the Jury Special Mention at the 2014 Clermont-Ferrand IFF. THE RIDDLE OF JAAN NIEMAND is his debut feature.
Filmography2011 // PÕRGU JAAN (short)2012 // THE LAST CALL (short)2013 // SIREENID (short)2014 // OLGA (short)2018 // PÕRGU JAAN / THE RIDDLE OF JAAN NIEMAND
Botschaft der Republik Estland in Deutschland
105 min, DCP, colour
OV with English Subs
Homeless Bob Production
Sunday, 04/14/2019, 8:00pm
Monday, 04/15/2019, 4:00pm
Wednesday, 04/17/2019, 8:30pm
Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt