19 June at 8:30 pm followed by a Q&A
Regent Street Cinema
More info and tickets: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/in-the-crosswind/
About the film
14 June 1941. Without warning tens of thousands of people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were removed from their homes. Without any sort of trial men faced being sent to prison camps and women and children were deported to Siberia. The aim of this extraordinary operation – carried out on the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin – was to purge the Baltic countries of their native inhabitants.
Erna, happily married and the mother of a young daughter, is sent to Siberia. For her, time takes on another dimension. Fighting starvation and humiliation in inhuman conditions, her soul seeks and finds freedom in the letters she sends to her husband who has been sentenced to a prison camp. Even so, the years in Siberia rob Erna of something much more precious than just her youth.
This film is based on a true story and uses extraordinary visual techniques and language to tell the heart-wrenching tale of the fate of thousands of Estonians.
Director: Martti Helde
Original title: Risttuules
Country of production: Estonia
Year of production: 2014
Length: 87 minutes
Colour: Black & White
Original language: Estonian
Cast: Laura Peterson, Tarmo Song, Mirt Preegel, Ingrid Isotamm, Einar Hillep
Scriptwriter: Martti Helde
Director of photography: Erik Põllumaa
Editor: Liis Nimik
Sound design: Janne Laine
Music: Pärt Uusberg
Producers: Pille Rünk & Piret Tibbo-Hudgins
Production company: Allfilm
Supported by: Estonian Film Institute, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Ministry of Defence.