Syndafloden (The Deluge) is the first joint full-length film by Jenni and Lauri Luhta. The work is visual-cinematic, realised wholly through digital collage technique. The film’s script is based on the prophecies and riddles of Leonardo da Vinci’s work diaries. The Deluge looks into the crises of the present world through Leonardo’s visions, and the unique translations of Leonardo’s fragments used in the film were made in collaboration with visual artist and translator Magnus Strandberg. Jenni Luhta is the film’s narrator, with Lauri Luhta as her antagonist, and recites Leonardo’s prophecies in Swedish. Syndafloden is in Swedish language, because the character of the narrator is inspired by the medieval figure of Death in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. The filmmakers have also been inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film Offret (The Sacrifice), which was filmed in Sweden.
The making of The Deluge started in earnest in 2019, which was the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death. The film is to be finished in Autumn, 2020, and will be released in November, 2020, with the opening of an exhibition at St. Henry's Ecumenical Art Chapel, Turku on Tuesday, November 4, and with a a premiere at Studio Là-bas, Helsinki on Friday, December 18.