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Synopsis

In the final days of World War II, a Wehrmacht special commando arrives at a remote mental asylum to exterminate its patients. Their mission is postponed due to an anonymous report, according to which a British secret agent hides amongst the inmates. Gestapo officer Windisch is sent to identify the malingerer spy. Instead of unmasking the enemy, the boundaries between sanity and insanity start to blur, and Windisch’s investigation is derailed by increasing doubts about his own mental state.
Considered one of the best Estonian films of all times, „Madness” presents the psychiatric hospital as a microcosm that externalises the perverted nature of not only Nazi regime, but of any totalitarian power apparatus. It was precisely the overly pronounced criticism of totalitarianism that led the Soviet cinema bureaucracy to suppress the wider distribution of Kiisk’s masterpiece for almost two decades.
Digitally remastered on the initiative of Estonian Film Institute in 2012 from a 35mm duplicate negative preserved by the Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia. The 35mm original negative is preserved by Gosfilmofond.

Director
Kaljo Kiisk

(1925–2007) was an Estonian actor, film director and politician. He was best known for his roles as Kristjan Lible from „Spring” , „Summer” and „Autumn”, film adaptations of Oskar Luts’ novels, and as Johannes Saarepera from ETV’s long-running „Õnne 13”. His career spanned over half a century from 1953 to 2007 when he worked as an actor and director at Tallinnfilm.

Filmography
  • Selected Filmography:Keskpäevane praam (1967)
  • Hullumeelsus (1968)
  • Surma hinda küsi surnutelt (1977)
  • Nipernaadi (1983)
  • Saja aasta pärast mais (1986)
  • Suflöör (1993  )
Fri, 23.11.2018
7:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
081406
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 081406
Movie guests
Crew Anatoli Zabolotski, Crew  Halja Klaar,   Lauri Kärk
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: Estonia
Year: 1968
Duration: 79 minutes
Language: Estonian
Director: Kaljo Kiisk
Writer: Viktors Lorencs
DOP: Anatoli Zabolotski
Montage: Eugen Rozenthal
Composer: Lembit Veevo
Cast: Jüri Järvet, Vaclovas Bledis, Valeriy Nosik
Distributor: Eesti Filmiarhiiv
Synopsis

In the final days of World War II, a Wehrmacht special commando arrives at a remote mental asylum to exterminate its patients. Their mission is postponed due to an anonymous report, according to which a British secret agent hides amongst the inmates. Gestapo officer Windisch is sent to identify the malingerer spy. Instead of unmasking the enemy, the boundaries between sanity and insanity start to blur, and Windisch’s investigation is derailed by increasing doubts about his own mental state.
Considered one of the best Estonian films of all times, „Madness” presents the psychiatric hospital as a microcosm that externalises the perverted nature of not only Nazi regime, but of any totalitarian power apparatus. It was precisely the overly pronounced criticism of totalitarianism that led the Soviet cinema bureaucracy to suppress the wider distribution of Kiisk’s masterpiece for almost two decades.
Digitally remastered on the initiative of Estonian Film Institute in 2012 from a 35mm duplicate negative preserved by the Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia. The 35mm original negative is preserved by Gosfilmofond.

Director
Kaljo Kiisk

(1925–2007) was an Estonian actor, film director and politician. He was best known for his roles as Kristjan Lible from „Spring” , „Summer” and „Autumn”, film adaptations of Oskar Luts’ novels, and as Johannes Saarepera from ETV’s long-running „Õnne 13”. His career spanned over half a century from 1953 to 2007 when he worked as an actor and director at Tallinnfilm.

Filmography
  • Selected Filmography:Keskpäevane praam (1967)
  • Hullumeelsus (1968)
  • Surma hinda küsi surnutelt (1977)
  • Nipernaadi (1983)
  • Saja aasta pärast mais (1986)
  • Suflöör (1993  )