The Bog

Local title
Soo
Title in Russian
Болото
Original title
Soo
Director
Ergo Kuld
Country
Estonia
Year
2021
Programme
Baltic Film Competition
Genre
historical drama, adapted screenplay
Subject
love, social status, soul-searching, revenge

Welcome to the fascinating and mystical Estonian swamps where a melancholic love-and-hate tale blooms in full glory and jealousy. The picturesque nature is brimming with uncanny spells, wild spirits and eroticised temptations. Ergo Kuld continues to develop his attraction to the novels of the popular Estonian writer Oskar Luts. Two years ago, he adapted and directed the love drama “Winter” (or “Where Your Heart Is”) which attracted 150,000 people to national cinemas and gave inspiration for even higher goals.

The splendid production encourages us to imagine a dangerous love triangle at the time of war in 1917. It seems like an utterly simple classical story about an honourable boy, a violent villain and a gorgeous girl between them, but not everything is so easily explainable. Cruel ordeals lurk in detours from the carefully paved path of life. Illusionist painter Toomas returns from the bohemian Paris to visit his long-ignored brother who lives in a remote wooden house. Surrounded by a forest and a bog, the handsome playboy dreams of a stress-free and peaceful vacation, but, driven by mesmerising desire, unwittingly starts flirting with the mysterious mermaid-like Hilda from the very first glance. Almost immediately, the ugly and deformed Madjak appears, demanding the swamp beauty for satisfying his own lusty passions. He proposes a fight for love with axes, as befits an angry monster. How will Toomas respond to protect the strange girl?

The deceivingly multi-layered characters hide their true faces and intentions, while the director arranges dynamic jumps through a variety of genres, offering action, comedy, romantic drama, thriller and even light horror. Darker fantasies, hallucinations and surreal dreams are common in the bog, combined with physical stunts and underwater clashes performed by the actors themselves, without any doubles.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Ergo Kuld
Screenwriter
Martin Algus
Cast
Franz Malmsten, Hanna-Ly Aavik, Liis Remmel, Martin Kork, Grete Kuld
Producer
Kristian Taska, Veiko Esken, Tanel Tatter
DoP
Ergo Kuld
Editor
Ergo Kuld
Composer
Mick Pedaja
Production
Taska Film, Apollo Film Productions, Kassikuld
Distributor
Hea Film
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English, Russian
Director
Ergo Kuld

Filmograafia Talve (2020), Jahihooaeg (2021), Soo (The Bog, 2022), Vigased pruudid (2023)

Award for Best Baltic Film, grant of 5000 € from

Screenings

9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening130702 / Soo
SubtitlesEnglish, Russian
Q&A guestsErgo Kuld (Film Director), Veiko Esken (Producer), Kristian Taska (Producer), Tanel Tatter (Producer), Franz Malmsten (Actor)
Q&A duration
Screening duration
6th Hall Apollo Kino Lõunakeskus, Tartu
Screening142302 / Soo
SubtitlesEnglish, Russian
Screening duration
6th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening160401 / Soo
SubtitlesEnglish, Russian
Screening duration
Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker