8 Views of Lake Biwa

Marko Raat

Radar Estonia, Finland 125 min Spanish premiere Fiction


On the shimmering shores of Europe’s otherworldly edge, two teenage girls, Hanake and her best friend are discussing their first love interest while gazing out at yachts sailing to Kyoto. They whisper prayers and poems, the language of their longings. But the magic is fading in their isolated fishing village as they come to terms with a recent disaster, with some indulging in acts of erotic art, some in spiritual spells. It becomes clear that intimacy alone won’t help them process their loss. In a deeply visceral tale, acclaimed Estonian director Marko Raat explores themes of love, illuminating the lives of a community who still believe that they are connected to the universe.

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Marko Raat

He is an Estonian film director. He has curated and designed exhibitions, such as “Estonian Encounters” at the National Museum of Estonia. He has also directed at the Von Krahl Theater and written film criticism.

Filmography: 8 Views of Lake Biwa (2024, D’A 2024), Funeral Diaries (2019), Fast Eddy's Old News (2015), The Snow Queen (2010), Toomik's Movie (2008), Knife (2007), Agent Wild Duck (2002), For Aesthetic Reasons (1999)

Marko Raat

Film information

Int. title: 8 Views of Lake Biwa
Director: Marko Raat
Script: Marko Raat
Contact: Film Republic
With: Elina Masing, Tiina Tauraite, Jan Uuspõld, Hendrik Toompere, Kärt Kokkota
Country: Estonia, Finland
Year: 2024
Format: DCP
Length: 125 min
Language: Estonio
Subtitles: English, Catalan