The autobiographical film poem The Find was created by Len Murusalu and is based on her poem written in January 2023. The film was commissioned for the Estonian Film Institute’s 1-minute film statute, Sign and Sense. It is Murusalu’s first published poem.
At the center of the story is Traveller, who, seeking happiness abroad, finds it instead among friends waiting for her back home.
The Traveller is a recurring motif in Murusalu’s work, and The Find visually echoes her lifelong photo series Search for the Golden Age, which she began in 2011.
The film was shot in Austria and Estonia. The final scene was filmed at the historic Altja seaside village farmhouse, with records dating back to 1858.
The film’s original music was created in collaboration with Murusalu’s longtime friends and colleagues Riho Kall and Kaisa Laht, who also collectively created the musical performance for the director’s previous film’s expanded film version of After Betelgeuse, which premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s PÖFF Expanded within the Time Quartet project in 2022.
Director: Len Murusalu
Script: Len Murusalu
Cinematography: Tauno Novek
Editing: Tauno Novek, Len Murusalu
Music: Len Murusalu, Riho Kall, Kaisa Laht
Translation Consultant: Hannah Harkes
Cast: Len Murusalu, Riho Kall, Kaisa Laht, Kairit Krass, Oliver Soomets, Lumi Soomets, Sumeri Soomets
Produced by: ChronoLens
Languages: Estonian with English subtitles
Financed by: Estonian Film Institute