FRI—November 10 THROUGH SUN—November 19
$15 ($10 ASF Members)
Virtual Only Pass $100 ($75 ASF Members)

5-Film Package $60 ($40 ASF Members)

98 minutes. In Estonian with English subtitles.

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The 6th Annual New York Baltic Film Festival (NYBFF) presented by Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America returns this November with the best new films from the Baltic region! This year’s lineup includes the Melchior the Apothecary film trilogy, based on Indrek Hargla’s bestselling Estonian historical mystery series. Screening virtually only from November 10-19, the first film in the series, Melchior the Apothecary, is based on the characters and events of Hargla’s Apothecary Melchior and the Mystery of St. Olaf’s Church, with new and exciting twists and turns created from the film.

Elmo Nüganen’s film trilogy follows the apothecary Melchior Wakenstede (Märten Metsaviir) as he solves crimes in medieval Tallinn. In the first film, the famous Knight of the Order who freed the Baltic Sea from pirates is murdered, and found with his head chopped off and his mouth stuffed with coins — though the gold chain he bought the same day is missing. The Sheriff orders Melchior the Apothecary, who can talk to the dead, to investigate the crime. When clever young Melchior soon discovers that the murdered knight was looking for a mysterious “Prisoner of Tallinn,” clues lead to the Dominican monastery, and a terrible series of crimes is unleashed — anyone who comes into contact with this secret is in danger. At the same time, the apothecary has doubts about his apprentice, who seems to be hiding something…

This year’s lineup also includes a virtual-only screening of the second film in the trilogy, Melchior the Apothecary: The Ghost (Viirastus, 2022), as well as the North American Premiere of the third film in the series, Melchior the Apothecary, The Executioner’s Daughter, which will screen both in-person at Scandinavia House on November 11 and virtually from November 12-19.