Estonia has long been considered one of the unofficial Nordics. Nestled away under Finland, we rarely get to see Estonian cinema on this page and it’s seldom heard about on the international stage, but when we get the chance to watch an Estonian film we certainly feel rather lucky.
Metafora is the first feature film by filmmaker and composer Sebastian Wesman, an Argentinian living in Estonia. Having formed his own production company and made several shorts, he has combined his artistic knowledge to create an 82 minute journey into an old woman’s dream – and it seeks out to hypnotize the audience as though we ourselves were dreaming. Divided into three stages, we follow the camera as it patiently guides us through different scenarios, all while the voice over of the old woman recounts her experience. Where we are not following one of the actors, we are left viewing various images of nature – and throughout the film it becomes clear that the environment is just as important as those who live within it. We are constantly reminded of the peaceful elements like wind and the forest trees.
The black and white imagery is beautifully blended with colour images of run-down buildings, wintery forests, intensely decorated ceilings and various objects. The combination of slow imagery and orchestral music is reminiscent of a Lars von Trier film – however in this instance the artistic cinematography is to calm us, not make us feel tense. The composition of soprano, string quartet, orchestra, solo violin and intervened ambience perfectly complements these slow images. It becomes even more impressive when you find out the director composed this music himself – truly showing he has an experienced knowledge of music and image.
The film was shot over four seasons, lending towards the importance of nature. The elements of sculpture, music, theatre and photography show that director Sebastian Wesman has a knowledge and love of the art form. While this is clearly not a film for mainstream audiences, you can appreciate the artistry that has gone into the film. The director composed the soundtrack, which is impressive enough on its own, but his knowledge of theatre and music really makes this film a work of art.
Written, directed and music composed by Sebastian Wesman
Producer: Anneli Kõressaar, Sebastian Wesman, Otros Parámetros Films
Sound engineer: Grete Schneider
Editing: Sebastian Wesman
Technical assistant: Martin-Eero Kõressaar
- Mart Aas
- Laine Taalberg
- Siiri Sillat
- Frank Elvedon
- Dmirti Lihhatshov
- Anneli Kõressaar
Original language: Estonian
Length: 82 minutes
Format: DCP, DVD
Otros Parámetros Films 2015