"8 Views of Lake Biwa" 2024

8 Views of Lake Biwa

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Eight lake views of the Japanese art tradition translated into the language of the longings and desires of Old Believers at Lake Peipus.


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’re dealing with a recent disaster, with some indulging in erotic art, some in spiritual spells. It becomes clear that intimacy alone won’t help them process their loss.

A deeply visceral tale illuminating the lives of a community who still believe that they are connected to the universe.


Marko Raat
Ivo Felt, Dora Nedeczky, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
Co-Production company:
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, Erki Laur

”8 Views of Lake Biwa” festivals:


World Premiere – International Film Festival Rotterdam 2024 (Harbour Programme)



"8 Views of Lake Biwa" 2024