Emotional and stylistically outstanding documentary musical depicting the staging of Bernstein`s West Side Story with deaf youths.
The Olympic Man
The portrayal of Mārtiņš Rubenis, the Latvian luger and the Olympic medal winner – in 2006 in Turin the athlete won the first Winter Olympics medal in Latvian history. By contrast, in today’s cultural circles, he is also known as Dj Betons from Varka Kru. Like a medieval knight Lohengrin, Rubenis goes to the track to fight against the rivals, time, the world and himself.
Paradise in hell. This is how the life of the inhabitants of the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation could best be described. This is a story about a city that was built as a paradise, but transformed into hell; for both itself and the rest of the world. This is a city slowly turning back into paradise but in a different way than was originally intended. This film is to be shot in two places: the towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat in the Ukraine and Visaginas in Lithuania. The nuclear power plants in both countries were built in the 1970s, in deserted places, the same type of plant and both were launched at almost the same time. Everyone knows about the catastrophe and consequences of the first. Meanwhile, Visaginas became a part of independent Lithuania, and was closed after strict EU recommendations. Life in the town is falling into decay… Now a decision has been made to build a new nuclear power plant in Visaginas. It rouses a certain enthusiasm among the inhabitants of the town. The sad stories of Chernobyl and Fukushima do not frighten them; they believe that they were just accidents. The film represents three periods of time – the past, present and future. The past will be addressed in documentary chronicles about the construction of the Soviet city of happiness. The present will appear through the new-built city and the nuclear power plant in Lithuania (Visaginas). The future will be represented by a fictional time after a devastating catastrophe at the plant, when the city is in ruins, radiation penetrating everything. But people and nature continue living in these extreme circumstances (as in Chernobyl). The film develops as a story of one city, one paradise lost and found again.