The Circle

(Südamering)

Those who want to change the world must first start with themselves. Twelve adults and six children are trying to create a socially and environmentally self-sufficient community somewhere on the outskirts of Estonia. But they encounter a major obstacle: The unpredictability of human nature.

Replicating the current trend of establishing self-sufficient communities, a small ecovillage, governed by its own rules, is established on the fringes of civilisation. Openness, communication and mutual sharing become the mantra of all those involved in the project and the central motifs of the film. These ethical principles, however, are gradually undermined by suspicion and love affairs that divide the community into two camps. For five years, director Margit Lillak has been following the therapy circles, emotional outbursts and wild dance sessions, and as an inconspicuous member of the community delves into the intricate relationships that gradually escalate up to the dramatic finale.

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Margit Lillak
Estonia
2019 | 94 min.

Language: English, Estonian

Subtitles: English

Category

Long Live Life

Director

Margit Lillak

Festival guest on days
Mar 08 - Mar 09, 2020

Filmography
2019 - The Circle
2012 - 40+2 weeks
2009 - Estonian Stories. Babyface

Margit Lillak

Screenings

15. 09. 17:30 Atlas - Large Hall
19. 09. 22:15 Evald

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