Magazine article Variety

Helde Preps Sophomore Feature Film

Magazine article Variety

Helde Preps Sophomore Feature Film

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At the 2014 Toronto fest, one of the major discoveries proved to be the world premiere of "In the Crosswind," an audacious first feature from a 27-year-old Estonian director-writer employing fresh storytelling techniques. His name: Martti Helde.

In "Crosswind," Helde, who cut his teeth as a student at Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School and made several short films, employed a mix of live-action and living tableaux to follow the inhabitants of the Baltic countries whom Joseph Stalin ordered deported or killed in the summer of 1941. His production spanned multiple years, since each of the 13 complex tableaux required two to six months of meticulous preparation and rehearsal. In addition to obtaining or creating historically accurate costumes and props, Helde and cinematographer Erik Pollumaa studied paintings, sculptures and the Alexander technique to mold the actors' postures and expressions in the most dynamic way.

Given the critical response to "In the Crosswind" and the many kudos it accumulated on the festival circuit, world cinephiles are eagerly anticipating Helde's sophomore feature, a psychological drama called "Scandinavian Silence," scripted with British screenwriter Nathaniel Price. The production by Three Brothers (Estonia), ARP (France) and Media Intl. (Belgium), with support from the Estonian Film Institute and Eurimages, needs a few shooting days in snowy weather this winter in order to wrap.

Helde calls "Scandina- vian Silence" "a fragmented narrative film, divided in three parts.

"It tells a story of a young man and a young woman whose reunion is clouded by severe reticence, an introversion which one might consider as a Scandinavian aberration," he says.

The three parts of the narrative provide differing perspectives on the whole, with each chapter supplying further vital information to understand the background of the characters and their quiet reunion. …

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