Films

Miracle

Miracle, "Stebuklas"

Synopsis

Director

Middle-aged Irena (Eglé Mikulionyté) is the manager of a collective pig farm in a Lithuanian village. The country has just gained its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union, and the transition period leads almost everyone down the path to bankruptcy. Irena is struggling to find a solution to save the farm and the workers’ jobs when a shady American-Lithuanian investor, Bernardas (Vyto Ruginis), appears. He’s willing to buy out the farm and help them, and his presence, together with the hope that he is selling, is immediately welcomed and inevitably changes their lives. Irena, though, believes that there’s something suspicious about him.

„Miracle“ is a subtle, deadpan, tragicomic and almost satirical critique on the abrupt passage from communism to rampant capitalism and the unconventional lust for anything Westernised that the former Soviet republics displayed in the early 1990s. An American entrepreneur is equivalent to the Messiah, whose power no one dares to dispute, and the immediate exposure to capital created an unavoidable status of inequality. Vertelyte observes this horrifying transition of power by using humour as a shield against the bleakness of the atrocities that were perpetrated in the post-Soviet era and are still evident today in Lithuanian society.

Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org

Egle Vertelyte

(b. in Šiauliai, Lithuania) studied history at Vilnius University, filmmaking at the European Film College, and screenwriting at the National Film and Television School, in England. She is the writer of the shorts „Robomax“ (2013) and „Romantic Delusions of the Bird“ (2014), and director of the documentary „Ub Lama“ (2011). „Miracle“ is her debut feature.

Filmography

  • Stebuklas (Miracle, 2017)

Schedule

30.11.2017
18:30 - 20:22
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 140502
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Producer Lukas Trimonis
01.12.2017
17:00 - 18:32
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 151801
Sold out
03.12.2017
21:15 - 22:47
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171404
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Forum

Film info

Countries: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland
Year: 2017
Duration: 92 minutes
Language: Lithuanian
Director: Egle Vertelyte
Producers: Lukas Trimonis, Pavlina Jeleva, Radoslawa Bardes, Magdalena Zimecka
Writer: Egle Vertelyte
DOP: Emil Christov
Montage: Milenia Fiedler
Composer: Krzysztof A. Janczak
Cast: Egle Mikulionyte, Vyto Ruginis, Andrius Bialobzeskis, Daniel Olbrychski
Productions: In Script, Geopoly, Orka
Festivals: Toronto, Reykjavik

Synopsis

Director

Middle-aged Irena (Eglé Mikulionyté) is the manager of a collective pig farm in a Lithuanian village. The country has just gained its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union, and the transition period leads almost everyone down the path to bankruptcy. Irena is struggling to find a solution to save the farm and the workers’ jobs when a shady American-Lithuanian investor, Bernardas (Vyto Ruginis), appears. He’s willing to buy out the farm and help them, and his presence, together with the hope that he is selling, is immediately welcomed and inevitably changes their lives. Irena, though, believes that there’s something suspicious about him.

„Miracle“ is a subtle, deadpan, tragicomic and almost satirical critique on the abrupt passage from communism to rampant capitalism and the unconventional lust for anything Westernised that the former Soviet republics displayed in the early 1990s. An American entrepreneur is equivalent to the Messiah, whose power no one dares to dispute, and the immediate exposure to capital created an unavoidable status of inequality. Vertelyte observes this horrifying transition of power by using humour as a shield against the bleakness of the atrocities that were perpetrated in the post-Soviet era and are still evident today in Lithuanian society.

Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org

Egle Vertelyte

(b. in Šiauliai, Lithuania) studied history at Vilnius University, filmmaking at the European Film College, and screenwriting at the National Film and Television School, in England. She is the writer of the shorts „Robomax“ (2013) and „Romantic Delusions of the Bird“ (2014), and director of the documentary „Ub Lama“ (2011). „Miracle“ is her debut feature.

Filmography

  • Stebuklas (Miracle, 2017)