The Estonia 100 feature film „The Riddle of Jaan Niemand“ invites you on a mysterious journeyPublished: 04.10.2018

4 October saw the premiere of the Estonia 100 film program’s most mysterious film entitled „The Riddle of Jaan Niemand“ („Põrgu Jaan“). Director Kaur Kokk's debut feature film is inspired by the bleak times following the Great Northern War. The film will reach cinemas on 5 October.

Näitleja Andres Lepik, kaader filmist "Põrgu Jaan".

Producer Katrin Kissa said the many years of hard work leading up to the premiere of „The Riddle of Jaan Niemand“ is cause for great excitement.

„I believe that the movie is worth watching on the big screen. That’s the best way to travel with the characters of „The Riddle of Jaan Niemand“ to the dark period which Estonian cinema has passed by until now, even though there are a surprising number of commonalities with contemporary life,“ Kissa added.

The film's events are inspired by the difficult and dark times following the Great Northern War. For years, people have been oppressed by war, famine and plague. The main character of the mysterious tale is Jaan (Meelis Rämmeld), who is found unconscious on the seashore. Jaan doesn’t remember his past. He is foreign both to himself and the people around him. From time to time, hints of a mysterious foreign background and past acts begin to emerge.

An animation, six feature films, two documentaries and a television drama series are being created in the framework of Estonia's centenary celebrations. See more about the Estonia 100 film program here.

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