2017, Eglė Vertelytė, Lithuania, 88 min. With Eglė Mikulionytė, Vyto Ruginis.
- Sat, Mar 31st 5:15pm
- Mon, Apr 2nd 8:00pm
"Edgy, strange and completely engaging."-Gilbert Seah, Festival Reviews
The first Lithuanian film to be selected for the Toronto Film Festival in seventeen years, this ironic fable is set in the early 1990s, during the difficult transitional period after the fall of communism. The collective pig farm that Irena (Mikulionytė) manages, a holdover from the Soviet era, has fallen on hard times, and her unpopularity grows every day in the impoverished village. Arriving to make everything great again is Bernardas (Ruginis), a glad-handing American looking to reconnect with his Lithuanian homeland. This red-headed miracle-worker offers to buy out the farm, and soon the village is rolling in prosperity, with a TV set in every parlor. Too good to be true? You'd better believe it! In her first feature, director Vertelytė employs deadpan comedy reminiscent of Aki Kaurismäki to cast a critical eye on both restrictive communism and rapacious capitalism, the latter connected to a certain prominent redhead whom the film's American benefactor resembles. In Lithuanian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Wide Management. DCP digital. (MR)
March 31 & April 2: Actor Vyto Ruginis is scheduled to appear for audience discussion. On Saturday, March 31, Mantvydas Bekesius, Consul General of Lithuania, is also scheduled to make a few brief remarks.