Melchior the Apothecary

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Film Info
Original Title:Apteeker Melchior
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Release Year:2022
Runtime:97 min
Print Source:Taska Film
Historical Drama
Best of Fest
Director:Elmo Nüganen
Producer:Kristian Taska
Esko Rips
Armin Karu
Tanel Tatter
Veiko Esken
Cinematographer:Mihkel Soe
Screenwriter:Indrek Hargla
Olle Mirme
Elmo Nüganen
Editor:Marion Koppel
Composer:Liina Sumera
Principal Cast:Märten Metsaviir
Maarja Johanna Mägi
Alo Kõrve


Best of Fest Encore Screening

And now for something completely different … an offbeat crime thriller set in medieval Tallinn. Handsome young apothecary Melchior is known for his skill in diagnosing illnesses and concocting medications, but in addition, he has a knack for solving grisly murders. The first in a trilogy of films directed by Elmo Nüganen, based on the popular seven novel series by Estonian author Indrek Hargla, finds Melchior investigating the murder of a famous knight known for driving pirates from the Baltic Sea. He soon discovers the victim was hunting a mysterious “Tallinn prisoner” whose trail leads to the local Dominican monastery. A series of gruesome murders follows, putting anyone who gets a sniff of this mystery in mortal danger. At the same time, the apothecary grows increasingly suspicious of his own apprentice, who seems to be hiding something. Estonia’s most-viewed film this year profits from the wealth of well-preserved architecture from Tallin’s Golden Age. –Alissa Simon

Director Biography

Elmo Nüganen is one of Estonia’s most highly regarded theater and film directors, as well as an acclaimed actor, and is the artistic director of the Tallinn City Theatre. He is the director of 1944 (2015), which was the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.