Belarus. Town of Zhlobin. It’s been 21 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union.Most of the locals survive solely by making and selling soft toys. Their only customers are the people passing through on trains. However, approaching a train with a toy in one’s hands is illegal.The film tells the stories of ordinary people living in the town of Zhlobin. They all make toys, sell them, have chats, drink, go back to making toys, sing, fight and… make toys again.
Vidas Zenonas Antonovas has been recorded in the book of the most interesting criminals of Soviet Union. He stole around a million rubles from the state’s institutions. Together with his accomplices, he hijacked a plane with passengers in order to split for Africa. He has been nicknamed “The Father of Mafia“. 20 years of his time he did in 15 different prisons. Now he is 71 and has a big family – 10 children, 2 grandchildren and a newborn son.It is a documentary about the values of an ex-con, about a man challenging time and destiny, about the drives of an insatiable lust for lifeabout. It is a love story of one family. There are neither romantic moments nor miracules changes. But there is a strong potential to change our understanding about what happy and loving family is or could be.
How We Played the Revolution
The story of the film begins in 1984, the very beginning of perestroika in USSR, when a group of architects decided to organize a one night music band as a New Year’s party joke in Kaunas, Lithuania. The joke proved to be so good that rumors about the new exciting rock band Antis spread from lips to lips. Imposing make-up and props, stylized show, and lyrics were creating pervasive caricature of the Soviet propaganda and perfectly discrediting the absurd of the Soviet reality. Soon their intellectual clownery grew into the Rock Marches - massive events involving thousands of people - that transformed into the big meetings for Lithuanian Independence later named the Singing Revolution.
Labyrinth is a film about the practitioners of traditional Lithuanian medicine and magic – herbalists, enchanters, fortune-tellers and charmers, possessing exceptional skills and powers, based on age-old knowledge passed from generation onto generation. Traditional folk medicine and magic is still alive. We are searching for an answer to what makes this unique and valued old knowledge viable now, in the 21st century?