The Beauty of Being


Fred Jüssi has built his life at the crossroads between nature and culture. He is a true philosopher of the outdoors who has given deep consideration to the fundamental questions of being human. In this day and age, there is a lot of talk about success and hard work. This film is about fruitful idling. It is a praise of dolce far niente. A hymn for living slowly. Meandering along nature’s secret trails, gazing at clouds passing by, for hours on end, and falling into the sweet embrace of smoke rising from a campfire, we leave the city noise and economic growth far, far behind. As Fred Jüssi puts it: sometimes you just have to be sinfully slothful, and all by yourself.



Jaan Tootsen is an Estonian filmmaker and a radio podcast director of Night University. He has studied in the Estonian Humanitarian Institute and graduated from Tallinn University. He has won numerous prizes for his film “New World”, among which the first prize for audiovisual works from the Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund. He has also received the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Cultural Foundation of the President of Estonia. He has produced more than 600 radio shows and has directed 7 documentaries, and 2 more documentaries are in production. He is also the author-director of the minidocs series “One Story” for the Estonian Public Broadcasting. “Fred Jüssi. The Beauty of Being” is his third feature film.

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