Waiting For New Year
2016, Vladimir Leschiov, Latvia, 8 min.
This deeply affecting meditation on time, change and the human condition looks at the world through the eyes of a solitary middle-aged woman whose simple tasks – shoveling snow, raking leaves – reflect the changing seasons. We see glimpses of neighbors, a throng of tourists, and a passing tram… all reminders of a world to which she both belongs and yet is separate from. Yet, as she goes uncomplainingly about her work, other forces are at work, which culminate in a beautiful Christmas surprise and a reminder that one never knows what the future holds.