Gorgeous, Haunting Images From Estonian Fantasy JESUS' BLOOD AND RED CURRANTS

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Wending its way through the development process now in Estonia is an intriguing, fantastically charged fusion of both live action and stop motion animation in a stew of traditional pagan and Christian folklore produced by Katrin Kissa at Homeless Bob Productions. Titled Rehepapp (or Jesus' Blood and Red Currants for the international market), Kissa describes the film like this:

The story is set in a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. The villagers' main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter. And, to that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, and from spirits, the devil, and Christ. To guard their souls, they'll give them away to thieving creatures made of wood and metal called kratts, who help their masters by stealing more. They steal even if their barns are already overflowing. Stealing is an obsession that makes the villagers more and more like the soulless creatures they command, the kratts. The main character of the film is a young farm girl named Liina who is hopelessly and forlornly in love with a village boy named Hans. Her longing makes the girl become a werewolf and jump into an ice-cold pond. She's ready to die in the name of love.
The pragmatic farmers are faced with a question: is the life that they've won through so much toil worth anything, if it lacks a soul?

Though not yet in production on the main feature the producers have already shot test reels of the kratt creatures in action along with assembling some incredibly evocative imagery. Take a look in the gallery below.
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Alan TederOctober 26, 2013 1:35 PM

Some of the Rehepapp kratt/goblin-puppet test footage is on Vimeo from when the filmmakers were fundraising thru the Estonian Hooandja website (an Estonian equivalent of Kickstarter) https://vimeo.com/57582450