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Feature Films

R 2017, 116' | BORIS CHLEBNIKOV

Oleg is approaching 30 and as a doctor spends his working life saving lives. He takes far less care of his own life, often drinking too much after exhausting shifts. The marriage to his wife Katya has more lows than highs. One day, she announces she wants a divorce. With a mix of absurd humour and directorial meticulousness, the film examines the arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, of a tense relationship.

LIT/BUL 2017, 91' | EGLE VERTELYTE

It is 1992 and Lithuania has shifted from communism to capitalism, leaving the small collective pig farm managed by Irena, in dire straits. When a handsome American, Bernardas, arrives, pledging to save the struggling enterprise and turns Irena‘s family life and the village’s routine upside-down. As Irena begins to fall for his charms, she realizes that his intentions may not be entirely innocent...

EST 2017, 111' | KATRIN MAIMIK, ANDRES MAIMIK

A music critic Hugo, suffering from post-divorce depression, is just about to rebuild his life when his jazz musician father Raivo arrives at his door unexpectedly. Spiteful old man announces that he will soon come to his end and expects his only son to take care of him. When an attractive psychotherapist enters the men’s lives, the father and son duo begin to compete for her attention.

PL 2017, 88' | ANDRZEJ JAKIMOWSKI

Warsaw, November 2013. Marky and his mother used to have a home until housing policies brutally changed. They now struggle to survive in the streets of an ever more violent society. Once upon a time in November offers a vivid insight on the normalization of social exclusion in Poland in a film where fiction meets reality. Scenes include authentic footage from acts of violence and nationalist demonstrations.

DK 2017 , 97' | CHRISTIAN DYEKJÆR

When Claus, a car salesman and a passionate gambler, gets his 19-year-old son Silas mixed up in considerable gambling debts owed to a bunch of criminals, he is forced to put his own life at risk to save his son.

S 2017, 109' | OLOF SPAAK

Eric and Elin meet as adults at a funeral and relive the dark, magical summer when they met for the first time. They were just kids then, and their parents, Linda and Peter, were both drug addicts. For a few crazy, violent and beautiful months they all lived together as a family. Peter and Linda tried desperately, in spite of their brutal addiction, to bond with and find love for Eric and Elin.

LETT/LIT/PL 2017, 79' | JĀNIS NORDS

After suffering a car crash, a former police officer tries to start a dog-training business while his marriage is on the verge of collapse. His beloved dogs escape and start terrorizing locals, and he has to reconcile his differences with his wife to prevent the looming disaster. The story is based on Matthew Gossett’s script Origin of a Species, adapted to Latvia.

FIN 2017, 111' | THOMAS LAINE

A Bitcoin scam connects the life of the protagonists of VIRAL in the Finnish capital of Helsinki: a hacker going his own way, a young rapper on the brink of fame, a policeman in love with an aspiring musician, and a banker who makes up with his dying wife decades later. In his feature-length film debut, Thomas Laine seemingly effortlessly combines the effect of viral topics on today’s society in the form of an exhilarating thriller plot.

Short Films

R 2016, 4' | MARAT NARIMANOV

Everything begins from the very start. Our world is no exception. The greatest theory of evolution told in just four minutes.

PL 2016, 4' | MARTA WIKTOROWICZ

A group of neighbours share a conversation that leads to the answer of a dreadful mystery. What happened to the missing child? The conversation grows out of control and the world around the characters is constantly evolving. The story grows and becomes more and more surreal and ridiculous with every passing second.

PL 2016, 4' | NIKI LINDROTH VON BAHR

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.

DK 2016, 5' | ANDREAS THAULOW

Seven year old Bilal aims and shoots. His enemy, another boy falls dead with a bullet in his heart. Or so it seems until the war-game is interrupted by Bilal's father who drives a taxi and has come to collect him. But then Bilal and his father find themselves in a dangerous situation, when a mad junkie highjacks the cab.

LETT 2017, 17' | GINTS ZILBALODIS

A boy wakes up in a desert with a plane wreck by his side. A mysterious monster appears from the plane and starts chasing the boy. The only refuge is the oasis, but it is not possible to stay there long, because the boy is suffering from loneliness. One day he finds an abandoned little bird, teaches him to fly, and soon they are ready to wander off and look for others like themselves.