Films of screening 1K2

The following film(s) will be screened within this screening:

  • White Bell Baltie zvani
    Directed by: Ivars Kraulītis
    Latvia, 1961, 24min.
    Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

    An early example of Riga-style film of the 1960s. Urban life in Riga as seen through the eyes of a little girl (Ilze Zariņa) who is looking for white bell flowers. This short drama, which draws on the city symphony genre, presents a picture of city life from the early morning hours to the peak of the day.

  • The Beginning Sākums
    Directed by: Uldis Brauns
    Latvia, 1961, 10min.
    Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

    The Beginning is the first instalment of Brauns’s trilogy dedicated to large-scale construction development in Latvia. It captures the building process of a hydroelectric station on the country’s largest river. Observation of the builders, drivers, and engineers at work highlights the human aspect of construction work.

  • Apolinaras Apolinaras
    Directed by: Henrikas Šablevičius
    Lithuania, 1973, 10min.
    Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

    When Henrikas Šablevičius started filming Lithuanian “oddballs” he invented a bizarre new genre of documentary biopic. Characteristic of these portraits is a sense of mocking irony directed not at their subjects but at the “Soviet hero” genre. The subject of this film is Apolinaras, a kindhearted policeman who even outwardly looks very unlike the ideological “guardian of morals.”

  • El Dorado Eldoraado
    Directed by: Ülo Tambek
    Estonia, 1971, 22min.
    Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

    Different eras and geographical locations have their own dreamscapes. Here, however, the mythical El Dorado is a mining site. Tambek does not simply document miners’ lives, but creates an image of a secluded universe far away from social norms, one that engenders a unified space between reality and dream.

  • The Old Man and the Land Senis ir žemė
    Directed by: Robertas Verba
    Lithuania, 1965, 20min.
    Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

    The Old Man and the Land is considered one of the iconic early features of Lithuanian poetic documentary cinema. Documentaries and newsreels of the time were expected to show country folk rejoicing in their improving Soviet existence. The hero of Verba’s film is different. Verba created a unique profile of a genuine man from an old Lithuanian (as opposed to Soviet) village.

  • Ten Minutes Older Vecāks par 10 minūtēm
    Directed by: Herz Frank
    Latvia, 1978, 10min.
    Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

    Ten Minutes Older is an unusual film – it is shot in just one take lasting exactly ten minutes. The camera observes children watching a puppet theatre play. We don’t see the spectacle, just the emotional impact it has on one little boy. His face becomes the mirror of his soul.

  • A Trip Through Misty Meadows Kelionė ūkų lankomis
    Directed by: Henrikas Šablevičius
    Lithuania, 1973, 11min.
    Section: Reflections of Time: Baltic Poetic Documentary

    Henrikas Šablevičius made this film as a farewell to the siaurukas, a slow, narrow-gauge train recalling the idyllic times of independent Lithuania. A Trip Through Misty Meadows remains a shining example of the Lithuanian poetic documentary thanks to its unique cinematic language and visual allegories conveying a deep connection to the past, something that architects of the “new life” struggled to erase.

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