A beautiful, claustrophobic sensory assault

PRISON: An experimental journey into the history of Estonia's notorious Patarei Sea Fortress.
Director: Riho Västrik
Producer: Riho Västrik
Country: Estonia

The peeling Tsarist fortress slowly emerges from the Estonian capital’s foggy skyline. It was completed in the late 19th century, and since abandoned, its past remains vague. In the opening scene, ghostly piratic ships penetrate the fog. The slaps of the waves sound almost sticky against the brick walls.

The movie splices into scene amid the grey sails of uncertainty, waves, and atmospheric caws, and lines, and gulls. Percussive marching boots hack the eeriness: the reels seem dissonant but carefully picked, suffused with clouds. The viewer is clearly supposed to feel captivated by the intensity . . .

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Aliide Naylorhttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-shadow-in-the-east-9781788312523/
Aliide Naylor is a British journalist and editor, and the author of 'The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front' (I.B. Tauris). Her work has been published with Vice, the Guardian, and Politico Europe among others. She tweets: @Aliide_N
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