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Miracle / Stebuklas

Egle Vertelyte


Lithuania-Bulgaria-Poland, 2017, 92 min.
director and screenwriter – Egle Vertelyte
producers – Lukas Trimonis, Pavlina Jeleva, Radoslawa Bardes and Magdalena Zimecka
camera – Emil Christov
editor – Milenia Fiedler
music – Krzysztof A. Janczak
production designer – Ramunas Rastauskas
An IN SCRIPT/GEOPOLY/ORKA co-production
intl. sales – WIDE
festivals:
Toronto – program “Discovery”
cast:
Egle Mikulionyte (Irena), Vyto Ruginis (Bernardas), Andrius Bialobzeskis (Juozas), Daniel Olbrcyhski (Priest)

 


In Lithuanian director Egle Vertelyte’s feature debut, the owner of a struggling post-Soviet pig farm finds a surprising benefactor in a visiting American investor, whose “good” intentions upend the gentle rhythms of small-town life. This aptly named film is a delightfully deadpan tragicomedy that announces the arrival of a bright new talent.
Middle-aged Irena lives a dreary life in a small, somnambulant Lithuanian town. Despised by her co-workers at the struggling pig farm she manages, childless Irena is also stuck toiling for her alcoholic husband.
Everything changes with the arrival of a boisterous American-Lithuanian stranger intent on buying the farm. Despite arousing everyone's suspicions, Bernardas brings the whole town to life, even timid, introverted Irena, who soon falls under his charismatic sway. Will this newfound vitality be the town's — and Irena's — saving grace... or its undoing?
Miracle recalls the cinema of Aki Kaurismäki through its style and tone, and in Egle Mikulionyte's lovably despondent lead performance as Irena, which channels Kaurismäki's muse Kati Outinen. Well-crafted and carried on the wings of bittersweet melancholy by Emil Christov's cinematography, Vertelyte's film sticks close to themes of belonging, identity, and breaking away from history's determinist providence. Miracle is a cinematic wonder that charms both heart and spirit.

Screenings:
Saturday, 18 November 2017, 15:45, Euro Cinema
Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 18:30, Lumiere Lidl
Thursday, 23 November 2017, 19:00, Cinema house
Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 18:00, G 8

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