8 Views of Lake Biwa

Directed by Marko Raat


Length 126min

Year of production 2024

Production countries Estonia, Finland

Starring Elina Masing, Tiina Tauraite, Jan Uuspõld, Hendrik Toompere, Kärt Kokkota, Meelis Rämmeld, Peeter Tammearu, Simeoni Sundja, Liina Tennosaar, Jüri Vlassov, Toomas Saarepera, Maarja Jakobson, Jarmo Reha, Tommi Korpela

Written by Marko Raat

Director of Photography Sten Johan Lill, E.S.C.

Production Design Kristina Lõuk

Costume Design Reet Aus

Make-up Design Liisi Põllumaa

Editing Jaak Ollino jun

Sound Design Karri Niinivaara

Composer Jakob Juhkam

Producer Ivo Felt, Dora Nedeczky / Allfilm

Co-producers Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari / Bufo

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.