Flowers From The Mount Of Olives

Estonia, 2013г., 70 min


Heilika Pikkov

Right alongside Jerusalem, in a Russian Orthodox Convent in Mount of Olives, lives the 82 year-old Estonian nun Mother Ksenya. Although inside the convent’s cement walls the clock is never set and life still follows the Julius calendar, the 20 years that Mother Ksenya has spent there have passed by in a flash. In the hierarchy of the nunnery she has now achieved the second-to-last level. She is heading towards complete silence, the Great Schema. But before that she has been given permission to tell the story of her life for the very last time.

2013: Locarno IFF – Zonta Club Locarno Award
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Heilika Pikkov

Born in 1982. Studied film and television directing at Tallinn University. Her first documentary CHERUBS’ REVOLT was screened on Estonian Television and at several festivals. Worked as a freelance filmmaker (directing, filming, editing), co-operating with different Estonian film production companies.

Selected filmography

2013 Flowers from the Mount of Olives (Õlimäe õied)

2010 Normal (Normaalne)

2010 A Letter from Ruhnu (Kiri Ruhnust)

2006 Cherubs’ Revolt