Freezing winter in a war devastated nowadays Vilnius. Several years passed after destruction, the city slowly rebuilds. Thirty-year-old Kostas is living in an apartment with a group of strangers. One night he nearly burns the place down wanting to warm himself up. His roommates start hating him and Kostas tries to find another shelter, breach into a hostel constructed in church’s underground vault. He fails to find an bed though and nearly freezes to death in a blizzard. This makes him return to his original home where he throws the eldest resident Alexander to the street. And barricades himself in. The flat belongs to him, cause he found it first. The others residents fail to breach in. They crash the windows with rocks. And one of those rocks hits Kostas in the head. He starts hallucinating that he lives in a luxurious palace.
We live in the same house, but different apartments, jobs, situations, believes, visions, each one in its own compartment fooling ourselves, that the world is one and that it exists. Though sometimes it seems that an incomprehensible thread is almost caught and I am on a verge of understanding. This film is about the other side of life – the scary, unknown side we never fully grasp, but we know it is somewhere near, so close.
This project was awarded with the participant rights in the European Short Film Co-production Forum EURO CONNECTION 2017.
It’s the first day in a new private school for Mantas – a quiet, harmless teenage schoolboy with a mysterious past. As soon as Mantas arrives, his new classmates Artūras and Kęstas force him to undergo an initiation test. When it goes wrong, Mantas’s dark secret comes to light: every time he gets hurt, he inadvertently summons a murderous guardian demon. It time-teleports all three teenagers into the night and attempts to kill both Kęstas and Artūras, while Mantas desperately tries to protect them. Horrified and confused, they run for their lives as the demon hunts them in darkness. After their attempt at killing it fails, the schoolboys devise a clever plan to get rid of the demon, but only manage to do so with the unexpected help from Mantas’s father Adomas. Having destroyed the demon, the teenagers time-travel back to the school during the day. However, their celebration is short-lived.
Riga’s Lilac is a tragicomic story for adults about human rights to stink. In a style of a documentary film, the story is based on real interviews with people, who reveal their emotional overwhelm, caused by a strong smell by someone else.
This project was awarded with the participant rights in the European Short Pitch 2017 by NISI MASA.
The final part of the Rock Among Rocks trilogy zooms deeper in the realm of Camel Sultan, the World Witness. The limits of Reality are expanded by constant explorations of remote worlds not seen by the naked eye. Recollections of the past and dreams of a possible future are tied together in the mind space. Micro and macro events connect or collide. Memories overlap in the whiteness of the arctic landscape. Repeated images and repeated situations. The thermal camera registers some footprints in the vacant area between then and now, in the barren planes of the frozen, postapocalyptic Earth. Occasional radio signals from an abandoned greenhouse attempt to break through the windstorm. Not much to be seen, but something, still, is present.
Metamorphosis focuses on the story of two characters living at the end of the world and attempts through it to reflect how humanity ended up there in the first place. The focus of the film states that in the end we may be granted what we want, even if that brings on our own destruction.
It is during a period of political instability when Sinead, a brilliant scientist, creates a Lisa on a research campus. She models Lisa’s brain after the human neo-cortex, which enables her to evolve. Lisa and Sinead become very close ― they establish a mother-daughter relationship. But Lisa’s education is interrupted when the institution is invaded and she witnesses the death of her mother Sinead. Now Lisa has to have her revenge, for she has been taught how to feel.
Coming to enjoy a quiet holiday with his family, a middle-aged writer Rainar finds that he forgot to bring food. He travels to a nearby farm to buy something from a local young woman Liina. Much to the surprise of his wife Kadrin and 11-year old daughter, Rainar decides not to leave and stays with the strange woman. Kadrin can’t bear the situation and goes back to town and seeks help from Rainar’s father. Rainar finds himself living the idyllic country life with Liina but feels that something is amiss. Is the new-found love really an unstoppable force or are there more sinister powers at play?
Santiago is a Latin-American chef living in Tallinn. He works in a Latin-American restaurant and he plans to open his own place someday. He is also the father of Roberta, who arrives unexpectedly to his work place. Mayri, Roberta´s mother is nowhere to be found so Santiago takes Roberta home with him for the day. But the next day Mayri doesn´t show up. She keeps making up excuses which forces Roberta and Santiago to chance the dynamics of their relationship. They will discover that so far they are used to having a fun relationship during the weekends and that maybe their difficulties lie beyond the language barrier. For both Santiago and Roberta this will mean a path to discover a new way to relate to the other, a new way that goes beyond the different array of languages that they can use to speak to each other.