Baltic short competition

This year one of 2ANNAS priorities is to showcase young and upcoming filmmakers from the Baltic states. To do that, for the first time we have expanded the competition by dividing it in three different screenings: independent works, student films and experimental/video art. 

 

 

Student films

October 23, 20:00, KSuns

FAKE ME A HAPPY NEW YEAR/
ČETRI MIELASTI,
Liene Linde, fiction, Latvia, 2013, 35’

Anita and her two children, daughter Santa and son Krista's, live in an apartment in Riga, Latvia, small Eastern European country. Every year, they celebrate New Year’s Eve with grandma, uncle Peterand a feast fit forkings. As the years go by, the children grow up and life goes on, presidents give their New Year’s addresses, and 'The Irony of Fate' is on TV again. Twelve years of birth, death, joy, hatred and potato salad - four evenings in the life of a family and in that of a nation from 1999 to 2012.

 

LAST DROP/
PĒDĒJAIS PILIENS,
Viljams Timrots, fiction, Latvia, 2014, 17’

Agnese is fired from her current job position and she splits up with her boyfriend. Nevertheless, she has lost all things she truly cared for and gave hope for a better future. Ass he seems so hopeless with job and relationship, Agnese decides to run away from everything around her. On her way to Balvi she picks up hitchhiker Arthur with purpose to propose his girlfriend. Unfortunately Agnese is not planning to go to Balvi and makes Arthur a companion to her revenge plans against boyfriend and employer. Plot may sound very harsh, but it's full of funny situations and awkward moments in life of protagonists.

 

ARGUMENT/
KONFLIKTS
, Valērijs Oļehno, fiction, Latvia, 2013, 5’

A young couple’s circle of conflicts, that is moving in reverse and returning to the starting point.

 

DEMBAVA, Laurynas Bareisa, fiction, Lithuania, 2014, 10'

Last night Matas and Tomas kidnapped and raped a girl. Now it’s morning and both are at a loss at what to do next. Brothers circle their hometown, visit familiar places and slowly descend into darkness both will be unable to climb out of. As night falls they find an inexplicable solution. In 2013, near Panevezys, Lithuania, two young men burned a car. A girls body was found in the trunk of that car.

 

BLACK SEED/
ĻAUNUMA SĒKLA
, Francesco Rosso, animation, Estonia, 2014, 7'

A middle-aged Siberian man living in a windy steppe, his life suddenly change due to a strange guest. Absurdity and realism are combined together into a small wooden cabin where there's no room for hope.

 

 

Experimental films

October 23, 18:00, KSuns

OUT OF NOWHERE/
NO NEKURIENES,
Gints Gabrāns, experimental, Latvia, 2014, 13'

The plastic sculptures have been made using a simple physical process – pouring liquefied polyethylene in cold water. Thus spontaneously, as a result of the principle of self-organisation, complex forms and structures are created. This process resembles the casting of “fortune” on solstice night by pouring liquid tin in cold water. It reveals a form-creation process which is close to nature, therefore it is easy to see organic, natural shapes, lines and ornaments in these objects. In nature such spontaneous processes of form-creation are managed by evolution, which selects the “working” models. The artist has simulated a similar strategy in creating the plastic sculptures by selecting pairing and partially fusing the best object samples through four generations, from 2010 to 2013. The power of evolution has been applied as an algorithm for the perfection of artificially created forms.
 

SHORT FILM ABOUT LIFE/
ĪSFILMA PAR DZĪVI,
Laila Pakalniņa, fiction, Latvia, 2014, 2’

Life is happening now.


 

EXTREME FUGUE FOR ONE VOICE. LAIMA/
EKSTRĒMA FŪGA VIENAI BALSIJ. LAIMA,
Ieva Epnere, experimental, Latvia, 2013, 4'

In Extreme Fugue of One Voice. Laima (2013) she subtly portrays a singer giving a virtuosic rendition of a contemporary vocal composition. This experience transforms her body into an instrument beyond any diva-like performance.


 

NON-EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRY/
NE-EIKLĪDA ĢEOMETRIJA
, Skirmanta Jakaite / SolveigaMasteikaite, animation, Lithuania, 2013, 11'

This is about the laws of love, which are as simple as one, two, three, when we are still in love, but incomprehensible and unexplainable once love retreats. About the logic of the heart, which has nothing in common with common logic, just like non-Euclidean geometry disproves and surpasses the Euclidean one.

 

BRIDE'S FAREWELL/
LĪGAVAS ATVADAS,
Inese Vēriņa, experimental, Latvia, 2014, 8'

 

A young woman is walking through the night accompanied only by her song. The sun rises while darkness slowly fades.


IMG_00:01.JPG, Zane Oborenko, animation, Latvia, 2014, 3’

As in a moment of awakening the film slowly develops into awareness. From small bits and pieces of seemingly random spots of light and darkness silhouettes of bodies appear. Is it a dream or just a constantly evolving moment of thought?

 

PULSAR, Vsevolod Kovalevskij, experimental, Lithuania, 2013, 9'

Working with traditional film (8mm, super8, 16mm, 35mm, etc), it is very clear where there is the start point and the end point of a movie.

In Pulsar, there is no end and no beginning of a movie - there barely is a movie anymore.

 

 

Independent films

October 23, 22:00, KSuns

ALL MY DEAD/
TRAUSLĀ SIRDS,
Astra Zoldnere, fiction, Latvia, 2014, 14’

They met on Christmas Eve, beyond one’s usual living-space:at the morgue. In an outburst of feelings, they try to manipulate each other in order to get what they want. She wants him, but he wants to vanish – following the rules of black comedy, neither one of them will get anything.


 

RAINY DAYS/
LIETUS DIENAS,
Vladimir Leščiov, fiction, Latvia, 2014, 8’

During a rainy day, an elderly Japanese man boards a ferry heading towards an unknown island. As he looks out over the water, the falling rain triggers memories of a childhood moment in Fukuoka and a brief encounter as an adult aboard a smoke filled seaside train. Arriving on the Island, a mysterious woman on a motorbike greets the man…

 

CASTRATUS THE BOAR/
KASTRĀTS KUILIS,
Raitis Ābele/Lauris Ābele, fiction, Latvia, 2014, 23'

"Castratus the Boar" is an impressionistic story about a small town resident Valter and his secret that prevents him from intergrating in local community. He spends his days breeding pigs and singing in the churh choir but that doesn't make him less lonely. When he finally tries to establish closer contact with a fellow girl Aija, his representations of masculinity take a weird turn.

 

ORDINARY PEOPLE/
NORMĀLI CILVĒKI
, Alise Zariņa, fiction, Latvia, 2014, 30’

When the elderly fisherman Arvīds finds himself thrown out of his own apartment, his only solution is to start a new life together with an eccentric family which will eventually teach him to accept a completely different lifestyle. An ironic tale about our understanding of what and who is "an ordinary person".

 

CRACKHOUSE/
NARKOMĀNU MIDZENIS,
Martinus Klemet, animation, Estonia, 2014, 5'

A man brings a cat home one day. It turns out he has a special plan for his new pet. However, he doesn't seem to know that cats have nine lives.


 

THE NOISEMAKER/
TROKŠŅOTĀJS
, Karolis Kaupinis, fiction, Lithuania, 2014, 15'

A distant provincial school is waiting for an official delegation from the Ministry. They're about to bring a new school bell. This is not what the school needs though. Having shrunk throughout the years, it lacks two pupils to satisfy the governmental quota established for any school in the country to exist. The gift from the capital is a threat for the survival of the school. Anticipating the arrival of the delegation, the principal makes his best to mask the lack of pupils and avoid the unavoidable school closure.

 

WORST-CASE SCENARIO/
SLIKTĀKAIS VARIANTS
, Kristjan Holm, animation, Estonia, 2014, 15'

Two managers Adolf and Rudolf solve the problem that threatens to ruin the company.

 

THE PUSSY/
TUPSU
, Triin Ruumet, fiction, Estonia, 2011, 17'

Andrei and Oliver are criminals, lost in the brutal world of Estonian 90's. On the early hours of the day that sunk ferryboat Estonia, they are faced with a task to kill a young boy called Valeri who is dwelling in an apartment building in Tallin ghetto. Will they survive their crime?