Anna Hints
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
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Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Anna Hints

2023
89 min.
Estonia, France and Iceland
Estonian
Subtitles: Catalan and English

A group of women share thoughts, emotions and intimate experiences in the secluded space of a sauna in a forest in Northern Estonia.

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Show
Direction
Anna Hints
Executive Production
ALEXANDRA FILM
Synopsis

Shot as if it were a painting by Vermeer or Rembrandt, Smoke Sauna Sisterhood follows a group of women who share their thoughts, emotions and most intimate experiences in the secluded space of a sauna deep in a forest in northern Estonia. Through their stories and their bodies, filmed with care, respect and empathy, Anna Hints allows the viewer to discover vibrant moments of female sisterhood where they can all express themselves in total freedom. The ritual of connection is followed by a hazy and non-intrusive camera, like the smoke that dwells inside the sauna, while secrets and taboos are uncovered and traumas are released. A beautiful and honest mosaic of what it means to live in a woman's body. Best Director at Sundance 2023. Q&A

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About the direction
Anna Hints

Anna Hints

Directora

Anna Hints is an Estonian film director with a background in contemporary art and experimental folk...

Awards and festivals

Sundance Film Festival
Estats Units, 2023
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Xina, 2023
CPH: DOX
Dinamarca, 2023
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Reviews

Hypnotic, intimate and blisteringly honest. No topic is off limits to [the film's] spiritual sisters as they sweat to cleanse their souls and bodies while also purifying the essence of their viewers

— Tomris Laffly · Harper's Bazaar

'Smoke Sauna Sisterhood' feels like a work of reflective art, weaving stories of relatable pains and joys as women, allowing all involved to heal and cleanse together. As a viewer, it’s comforting to see the different layers of healing found universally.

— Jessica Peña · Next Best Picture

The small, smoky, steamy miracle of this film is how it creates something so intangible, so lyrical, from the absolutely elemental: fire, wood, water and lots of naked female flesh.

— Jessica Kiang · Variety
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