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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Fire Lily


2018, Maria Avdjushko, Estonia, 90 min.
With Ingrid Istotaam, Eva Eensaar-Tootsen

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 20th 8:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 23rd 6:00pm

“Playing out as a feminist mystery…an ambiguous, enigmatic fable pregnant with possibilities.”—Anton Bitel, Eye for Film

“Carefully poised between psychological thriller and horror film…a masterful handling of mood and tension.”—Zoe Aiano, Eastern European Film Bulletin

A mystery rooted in female fertility is at the heart of this quasi-thriller in which director Avdjushko sidesteps inevitable comparisons with ROSEMARY’S BABY for a more subtle and open-ended story. Reeling from a bitter divorce and the news of the pregnancy of her ex-husband’s new wife, opthalmologist Pia (Istotaam), infertile herself, feels like a stranger in her own body and in her new apartment. Agreeing to babysit the five-year-old son of her best friend for some weeks, she uneasily goes through the motions of motherhood. Following an unconsummated series of bar hookups and an attempted rape, Pia begins to experience the symptoms of pregnancy, accompanied by the sensation that someone or something visits her in her sleep for nightly lovemaking. In Estonian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Meteoriit. (BS)

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