Archive of films Theodore / Teodors

Latvia
2006, 29 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2007

Every day, with clockwork regularity, 80-year-old Theodore sets off on his bicycle on a seven-kilometre journey to a place where it’s all happening. This place, where he tries at least in some measure to rid himself of his loneliness, is a bus stop in a God-forsaken Latvian village.


Synopsis

Every day, with clockwork regularity, 80-year-old Theodore sets off on his bicycle on a seven-kilometre journey to a place where it’s all happening: a bus stop in a God-forsaken Latvian village. With ritual ceremony, here he opens a bottle of beer, sits down on a bench and watches as time lazily meanders by. He shares his solitude with several other men. Only rarely do they utter some indeterminate comment about the weather or their health. Theodore’s almost stirring desire to be rid of his loneliness is conveyed via an economical style and pure form.

About the director

Laila Pakalnina (b. 1962, Liepaja, Latvia) studied journalism (1986) and film direction at Moscow’s VGIK (1991). She has made numerous documentary films and also several feature films: The Shoe (1998), The Python (2003) and The Hostage (2006). Documentary films: The Ferry (1994), The Oak (1997), Papa Gena (2001) and The Bus (2004). Her films have won a series of awards, both at home and abroad (e.g. the FIPRESCI prize at Cannes for the film The Ferry).

Contacts

VFS Films
Lapu street 17, LV1002, Riga
Latvia
Tel: +371 750 3588
E-mail: vfs@vfs.lv
www: vfs.lv

About the film

Color, BETA SP

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: Laila Pakalniņa
Dir. of Photography: Uldis Cekulis
Editor: Gatis Belogrudovs
Producer: Uldis Cekulis
Production: Vides Filmu Studija
Contact: VFS Films

Guests

Laila Pakalniņa

Film Director, Film Director

Ieva Pitruka

Festival Organizer


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