PRODUCTION: Marko Raat Shoots 8 Views of Lake Biwa on Estonian/Russian Border

    Hanake (Elina Masing) in 8 Views of Lake Biwa by Marko Raat Hanake (Elina Masing) in 8 Views of Lake Biwa by Marko Raat credit: Allfilm

    TALLINN: The magical-realist tragedy 8 Views of Lake Biwa / Biwa järve 8 nägu by Marko Raat is currently shooting in Estonia. The Estonian/Finnish coproduction is led by Estonia’s most established film production company Allfilm, partnering with Helsinki-based Bufo.

    Centered around the coming-of-age tale of teenage protagonist Hanake, 8 Views of Lake Biwa features a blend of Baltic and Japanese culture and imagery, wrapped in a net of tragic love stories in the community, and told through the prism of the Japanese “Eight Views” art tradition.

    The Eight Views is an Eastern artistic tradition that describes human state of mind through eight poetic motifs: evening glow, snow, sails returning in the evening, rain, autumn moon, temple bell, clear breeze, wild geese departing. In Japan these elements are interpreted primarily in the area surrounding Lake Biwa. These motifs provide the framework for eight intertwining tragic love stories set in the modern Old Believers’ fishing villages near Lake Peipus, that stand on the edges of Estonian-Russian settlements and culture.

    In keeping with the story, which is loosely based on Max Dauthendey’s eponymous 1911 novel, the shooting will take place amongst an Old Believers’ community - religious refugees who fled Russia in the 17th century.

    8 Views of Lake Biwa is a return to feature film for writer/director Marko Raat, after a decade of documentaries. It is produced by Ivo Felt and Dora Nedeczky for Allfilm and coproduced by Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari for Bufo in Helsinki, Finland.

    The film’s budget is 1.3 m EUR and it has been financed by the Estonian Film Institute, the Estonian Cultural Endowment, the Tartu Film Fund, the Ida-Viru Film Fund and the Finnish Film Foundation. The film is made in collaboration with Finnish Yle.

    Animated segments will be handled by Hungarian Panni Gyulai.

    The 31 shooting days are spread over the period from 28 July to 10 September 2022.

    The premiere is set for 2023.

    Production Information:

    Allfilm (Estonia)
    Ivo Felt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Bufo (Finland)

    Director: Marko Raat
    Screenwriter: Marko Raat
    Cinematographer: Sten Johan Lill
    Production designer: Kristina Lõuk
    Costume designer: Reet Aus
    Make-up designer: Liisi Põllumaa
    Composer: Laura Hynninen
    Sound designer: Karri Niinivaara
    Editor: Jaak Ollino Jr.
    Animation: Panni Gyulai
    Cast: Elina Masing, Tiina Tauraite, Hendrik Toompere Jr, Meelis Rämmeld, Kärt Kokkota, Simeoni Sundja, Jarmo Reha, Maarja Jakobson, Toomas Saarepera, Jan Uuspõld, JüriVlassov, Peeter Tammearu, Tommi Korpela