Location: Redstone Theater
Introduced by film critic Lukas Brasiskis
Presented by the Consulate General of Lithuania, and supported by Lithuanian Culture Institute
Lithuania/Bulgaria/Poland. Dir. Egle Vertelyte, 2017, 91 mins. Digital projection. With Egle Mikulionyte, Vyto Ruginis, Andrius Bialobzeskis. In Lithuanian, English, and Russian with English subtitles. New York Premiere. Garnering comparisons to the work of Aki Kaurismäki, this deadpan Lithuanian charmer is a dryly comic look back at the Wild West post-Soviet years of the early 1990s. Irena is the not-exactly-popular manager of a communal pig farm in a struggling rural outpost. Just as the enterprise seems headed for bankruptcy, high-rolling, smooth-talking Lithuanian-American businessman Bernardas breezes into town with an offer to buy the farm. Is the unctuous stranger the answer to Irena’s prayers? Or is something more sinister afoot? Blending black humor with moments of surreal poetry, the feature debut from Egle Vertelyte is alternately witty and tragic in the way it chronicles Eastern Europe’s rocky road from communism to capitalism. The film will be introduced by Lukas Brasiskis, film critic and a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct lecturer in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University.
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