Pilots on the Way Home

Priit Pärn & Olga Pärn
2014 | 16 min
Having suffered the loss of their plane, three pilots inexplicably find themselves stranded in the middle of the desert. While following the perilous and unpredictable course that will ultimately lead them home, they fall prey to visions and must confront the siren call of their own strange fantasies.

With Pilots on the Way Home, Priit and Olga Pärn (Divers in the Rain) have created a new, satirical meditation on male-female relations. The film tackles masculinity and the male psyche with the same pointed sense of the absurd that has marked Priit Pärn’s previous films. Pilots on the Way Home is also a journey through time and space, and to the universal sources of artistic eroticism. Olga Pärn is a master of the art of animating sand, giving Priit Pärn’s unique line drawings a warm and subtle texture reminiscent of etching. Her work is perfectly matched to the impassioned beats of this tale.

Awards and distinctions

  • Silver Pegasus
    Animator International Animation Festival, Poznan
  • Estonian Cultural Endowment Award of the Year 2014 for the Best Film
    Estonian Cultural Endowment Awards, Tallinn
  • Best Sound Design
    Black Nights Film Festival & Animated Dreams, Tallinn
  • Grand prix
    Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Oslo
  • Best Sound
    ANIMAGE- International Animation Festival of Pernambuco, Recife