“Smoke Sauna Sisterhood” (2023) by Anna Hints

Film Review


  • Andrea Pócsik Pázmány Péter Catholic University




Anna Hints, Béla Balázs, Arthur C. Danto, Ákos Szilágyi, Katalin Erdődi, Claire Tancons, Estonia, Võromaa Region, UNESCO, cultural heritage, smoke sauna, post-Soviet, nudity, close-up, trauma research, ritual, carnival, political aesthetics, sisterhood, feminism


In this film review, I examine the formal devices and narrative techniques employed in the film Savvusanna sõsarad / Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (Anna Hints, 2023, Estonia, France, Iceland) to evoke a sense of sisterhood. Drawing on the distinctive cultural heritage of Estonia's Võromaa County, the tradition of the smoke sauna emerges as a communal space for women. Here, they share personal stories and experiences with one another – and indirectly with the audience – thereby alleviating the pain associated with aspects of womanhood and motherhood.




How to Cite

Pócsik, Andrea. 2024. “‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ (2023) by Anna Hints: Film Review”. Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, no. 18 (April). https://doi.org/10.17892/app.2024.00018.366.

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