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Martti Helde was born in a small borough in Mid-Estonia. His grandfather, who was a vicar, was the one to shape his world view. Martti had his first try at filmmaking when he was 16 and the result caused plenty of uproar both in local media and politics.

Martti has behind him directing studies at Baltic Film and Media school, stage directing at Higher Drama School and directing and screenwriting courses both in Europe and USA. He has directed over 150 TV commercials, 7 short films and Black Nights Film Festival opening trailers for several years in a row.

Martti’s first feature film “In The Crosswind” has traveled to almost 50 festivals around the world including Toronto International Film Festival, Goteborg, Sarajevo, Tallinn Black Nights and Palm Springs.

Martti is a highly valued young director with an open worldview and courageous creations. He loves people and awaking their dreams.


feature film by Martti Helde


Alissa Simon:

“Estonian helmer Martti Helde’s debut is an art film in every sense of the word; the 
extraordinary visual techniques he uses to convey a sense of being frozen in time won’t be to all 
tastes, but those open to a different sort of cinema will find it a very poignant experience.”



Nik Grodanovic:

“It is Helde, with his determination to recreate a momentous event of his 
country’s history with as much realism as possible, who deserves the longest standing ovation. Four 
years in the making, the complexity of some of the tableaus taking up to six months to prepare, “In 
The Crosswind” is one of the most courageous and intrinsically detailed feature debuts we’ve ever 
seen. “



“In the Crosswind can be admired purely for its technical achievements, but it’s the way Helde evokes 
such strong, affecting emotions through style that make the film a truly terrific work.”

“In the Crosswind is a remarkable achievement that is both dignified and timeless.”



“Those who see Martti Helde’s haunting film In the Crosswind will experience a heartbreakingly 
evocative piece of cinematic poetry that not only has the potential to bring Yeats’s poem to mind, 
but in and of itself, is a film of uncompromising hope, sadness and horror.”