Heilika Pikkov is an Estonian film director, screenwriter, and producer. She is best known for her feature films The Temptation of St. Tony, Mother, and Objects in the Mirror.
Pikkov was born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1975. She studied film and television at the University of Tartu, graduating in 2002. After graduation, she worked as an assistant director for several feature films, before making her directorial debut in 2006 with the short film The Last Relic. This film earned her recognition from international film festivals and opened the door for her feature film career.
Pikkov's first feature film, The Temptation of St. Tony, was released in 2009. It tells the story of a middle-aged man, who is struggling to find meaning in his life and decides to do whatever it takes to achieve it. The film was a success, garnering a number of awards, including the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2013, Pikkov released her second feature film, Mother. This film follows the story of a mother and her daughter, who are struggling to get by in poverty-stricken Estonia. The film won the Estonian Film Award for Best Feature Film and was selected as the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.
In 2017, Pikkov released her third feature film, Objects in the Mirror. This film tells the story of a young girl, who is struggling to come to terms with her father's death and the disappearance of her mother. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning five awards and being selected for the Cannes Film Festival.
Pikkov is currently developing her fourth feature film, which is set to be released in 2021. Through her work, Pikkov has become one of the most successful female directors in Estonia and has contributed significantly to the country's film industry. Her films have been praised for their exploration of themes of identity, family, and the human experience.