8 Views of Lake Biwa

Estonia, Finland, 2024


Allfilm, BUFO, 126mins


Dolby 5.1


Rotterdam Film Festival, D'A Film Festival


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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.

Cast & Crew

Producers - Ivo Felt, Dora Nedeczky

Screenwriter - Marko Raat

Co-Producers - Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari

Featuring - Elina Masing, Tiina Tauraite, Jan Uuspõld, Hendrik Toompere, Kärt Kokkota

Cinematographer - Sten Johan Lill, E.S.C.

Score - Jakob Juhkam

Costume Design - Reet Aus

Make Up - Liisi Põllumaa

Marko Raat

Marko Raat


Marko Raat is Estonian writer-director, active in the fields of both arthouse fiction film and documentary since 1999. He has a vast background in theatre directing, TV productions and in fine art. His latest feature length documentary FUNERAL DIARIES (2019) premiered at Dok.Fest Munich and was the opening film of DocPoint Tallinn. His most recent short film A CHAIRMAN’S TALE (2015) had its debut at the International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. His last feature length fiction film THE SNOW QUEEN (2010) had been developed at SOURCES2 and premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, then was screened at Cairo and Mumbai among many others. Marko is set to have the world premiere of his fresh feature film 8 VIEWS OF LAKE BIWA on IFFR 2024. He’s currently working on his next documentary project, I’M A BIRD NOW.