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2024 Oscar® Selection, Estonia. Q&A with director Anna Hints, producer Marianne Ostrat & cinematographer Ants Tammik on Dec. 16 and Q&A w/ Hints & Ostrat on Dec. 17. Post-screening reception presented by the Embassy of Estonia Washington D.C. on Dec. 17

In a lush forest in southern Estonia, a group of women gathers seasonally in a communal smoke sauna. A traditional practice of the Võro community, recognized on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List, they bare their all — mind and body, shedding grit and grime in a ritualistic bath while sharing their innermost secrets. Framed in closeups in the dimly lit sauna cabin, the women's bodies are not obscured, but celebrated in an abstracted landscape, cradling, touching, exfoliating and cleansing one another, as voices flow openly and intimately in a dialogue free from the confines of patriarchy. While some stories are painful and harrowing, others overflow with joy and understanding. Recipient of the Directing Award in the World Cinema Documentary category at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, Anna Hints' immersive feature debut offers viewers a look through the steam, sweat and smoke into the palpable, healing powers of solidarity and sisterhood. (Note courtesy of AFI FEST.) Official Selection, 2023 Sundance Film Festival. DIR/SCR Anna Hints; PROD Marianne Ostrat. Estonia/France/Iceland, 2023, color, 89 min. In Estonian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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92 Minutes


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