Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
fri 15 march 3:00pm aedt
Estonia, France & Iceland
2023 | 68 min | Rated M
In Estonian with English subtitles
The first documentary by an Estonian director to compete and win at Sundance, Smoke Sauna Sisterhood is a deeply moving, intimate and breathtaking approach to issues of trauma, healing, and community.
In the darkness of a smoke sauna, women share their innermost secrets and intimate experiences, washing off the shame trapped in their bodies and regaining their strength through a sense of communion.
Director Anna Hints captures this UNESCO listed ritual in an intimate and visceral way, through an immersive soundscape saturated with breath and steam. The women’s anatomies become landscapes, and Hints honours the privilege of being allowed into this intimate space, and the empowered vulnerability of the women, with this engrossing portrait.
“Transcendent. A smoky, steamy miracle.” Variety
“A film that places you in the moment of relaxation, conveys the sense of a cleansing that is both physical and spiritual.” - Screen Daily
“A cathartic experience.” – Paste Magazine
Directing Awards (World Cinema)
European Film Awards 2023
International Documentary Association