DOCUMENTARY

GENTLE WARRIORS

January 01, 2019

IN POST PRODUCTION

 

Gentle Warriors is a coming of age story about girls who become women in the most masculine of surroundings. Our country, Lithuania, has a border with Russia. The threat of possible war is in the air. Therefore, military conscription for men is reintroduced. Simultaneously, a small number of young women decide to voluntarily register for military service. We follow three of these girls for nine months as they live and train among 600 men at an isolated military base. In the beginning the girls exploit a fanciful idea of what it means to be a soldier. Their romantic visions of being a soldier are soon altered as they begin their service and their expectations are challenged by harsh reality. A transformation in each girl starts to appear. We see how a gentle girl learns that in order to survive in the outside world she has to develop a thick skin. In another instance, we observe a young woman – a tomboy - who discovers her vulnerable side and finds a boyfriend who is doing time in prison. Finally, there is the girl who enlisted with the hopes of finding a husband, but, with time, realizes that what she really wants is to be a soldier. In this completely observational documentary, we follow their lives before, during and after their military training. A juxtaposition of the past and present will reveal the characters both in the role of military fighters and that of complex individuals. By observing the physical and emotional transformation of our characters we witness the bearing of an independent woman who is responsible for her own faith and happiness.

Director: Marija Stonyte

Producer: Giedre Zickyte

Co-Producer: Vesilind OÜ

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

 

WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD

October 13, 2017

They're called water carriers, domestics, 'gregarious', 'Sancho Panzas' of professional cycling. Always at the back of the group, with no right for a personal victory. These wonderful losers are the true warriors of professional cycling.

Director: Arunas Matelis

Producer: Algimantė Matelienė

DOP: Mark Olexa, Ivars Zviedris, Simone Rivoire, Giordano Bianchi, Valdis Celmins, Andrius Kemežys, Giacomo Becherini, Paolo Beniti, Vincent O’Callaghan, Arūnas Matelis

Composer: Alberto R. Lucendo

Sound Designer: Raf Enckels

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

 

 

WORLD PREMIERE in Varssavi Filmifestival, 14. oktoober 2017

 

 

AWARDS

WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL – BEST DOCUMENTARY 2017

MINSK LISTAPAD FILM FESTIVAL – GRAND-PRIX FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY 2018

MINSK LISTAPAD FILM FESTIVAL – AUDIENCE AWARD 2018

LITHUANIAN FILMMAKERS UNION AWARD – BEST LITHUANIAN FILM 2017

TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL – BEST DOCUMENTARY 2018

NATIONAL LITHUANIAN FILM AWARDS – BEST DOCUMENTARY 2018

NATIONAL LITHUANIAN FILM AWARDS – BEST COMPOSER 2018

NATIONAL LITHUANIAN FILM AWARDS – PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2018

BALTIJOS BANGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – AUDIENCE AWARD 2018

ULJU MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL – BEST “EXPLORATION & ADVENTURE” FILM 2018

NOW OR NEVER

February 25, 2019

NFTS Gradshow sponsored by Netflix

 

Now Or Never tells the story of the Batang Toru Forest, which lies in North Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a forest like no other, and remains largely unexplored. Batang Toru is also the one and only home for the most endangered great ape species in the world – the newly identified Tapanuli Orangutans.

 

For thousands of years these orangutans have experienced a tranquil existence in this rich rainforest, alongside countless other fascinating species. The local people living adjacent to Batang Toru have also lived comfortably for generations, surviving from the precious water created by the forest. But now, everything is changing…

The global population is growing, and the natural world is suffering, including Batang Toru. Plans have been put in place for a human development to be built in the heart of Batang Toru, where the highest number of Tapanuli Orangutans reside. This development is estimated to be completed in the next few years. If it is built, it will affect countless human lives who rely on the forest, as well as indefinitely pushing this newly identified orangutan species closer towards extinction.

 

The time to act and save Batang Toru is NOW, OR NEVER again will we be living in a world with a third orangutan species.

 

Director: Matt Senior

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

Sound Designer: Kevin Langhamer

Composer: Adam Price

Marketeer: Alex Chronopoulos

 

MIU

February 25, 2019

NFTS Gradshow sponsored by Netflix

These are the final days of Miu, a colorful young man who moved to London from Hong Kong to become an Architect/Artist. Combining dramatic recreations and interviews with the few people who knew him, 'Miu' is about the anonymity of being a foreigner in a big city and how easy it is to lose your way.

Director: Yael Lotem​

DOP: Alana Mejia Gonzalez

Composer: Roshan Gunga

Sound Designer: Kevin Langhamer

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

AFTER THE SILENCE

November 01, 2017

After the Silence explores the spiritual impact of the forced disappearances that became endemic during Colombia’s civil conflict. It journeys into a world where government forensic investigators attempt to locate and exhume bodies from remote mountainside graves, where women remember and try to understand the loss of their relatives, and where nature itself has become the keeper of monstrous secrets.

 

As it immerses us in a world trying to overcome systemic violence, After the Silence invites us to reflect on mourning, history and death. If the mountains and rivers could speak, what secrets would they reveal?

 

Director: Natalie Cubides Brady

Sound Designer: Ines Andriana Alves

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

WOMAN AND A GLACIER

November 16, 2016

The Lithuanian scientist Aušra Revutaite has spent 30 years in the Tien Shan mountain range in Central Asia, straddling the borders between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang. Some 3,500 meters above sea level with only her faithful dog and grey cat for company, she studies climate change on the Tuyuksu Glacier at an old Soviet-era research station. She loves the solitude and silence that her painstaking work brings her. Magnificent shots of her surroundings and everyday work are interspersed with archive footage of the people who preceded her by a century. Not much seems to have changed. We see dripping, melting ice in imposing caves, streams flowing through desolate mountain passes, and Revutaite’s pets, playing together almost in silence. Living with Revutaite in the solitude she has chosen for herself, the two animals only have each other. The solemn silence of the mountains is punctuated sparingly by the music of a man far, far below, playing a traditional instrument.

 

Director: Audrius Stonys 
Producer: Radvile Sumile, Studio UKU
Co-Producer: Vesilind OU
DOP: Audrius Kemezys 
Editor: Mirjam Jegorov 
Sound Designer: Seppo Vanhatalo 
Composer: Robert Jürjendal 

 

PREMIERE in IDFA, 17.november 2016

AWARDS

KRAKOW FILM FESTIVAL (POLAND) - SILVER HORN PRIZE AND FIPRESCI PRIZE

DOCS BARCELONA (SPAIN) - WHAT THE DOC AWARD

SILVER CRANES, LITHUANIAN NATIONAL FILM AWARDS - BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

KINO PAVASARIS, FILM SPRING VILNIUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

LITHUANIA BEST FILM IN BALTIC COMPETITION, AUDIENCE AWARD

LAGOV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (POLAND) - SILVER GRONO AWARD

VISIONS DU REEL (NYON) - CLOSING FILM

COME BACK FREE

November 17, 2016

A poetic documentary about life in a war torn Chechen village, with the cemetery as its symbolic focal point. The village lives and breathes in unison.
The Chechen gravediggers are always busy. Death is an everyday visitor. It does not even matter that yet another war has ended. The people live stuck in a circle of vengeance. They also gather into circles to chant prayers to God. 
Only the cows are grazing calmly next to the cemetery and the children are happily going about their business. 
The Chechens’ parting words to one another are, “May you come back free!”

 

 

Director: Ksenia Okhapkina 

Producer: Riho Västrik, Vesilind OÜ

DOP: Vitaly Afanasiev, Maksim Drozdov 

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov 

Composer: Robert Jürjendal 

 

 

PREMIERE in IDFA, 18.november 2016

 

 

AWARDS

 

JURY SPECIAL PRIZE IN A MID-LENGTH CATEGORY, IDFA 2016

SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE RUSSIAN GUILD OF CINEMA CRITICS, KAZAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSLIM CINEMA 2017

XXVIII OPEN DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL "РОССИЯ": PRIZE FOR THE BEST FULL-LENGTH FILM AND PRIZE FOR THE CINEMATOGRAPHY

HEARTS OF SIRGALA

March 15, 2018

"Hearts of Sirgala" lead us to the extinct mines of Ida-Virumaa, which has left more than a thousand inhabitants in the past decade. Today in Sirgala apartment buildings less than 20 people are living all year round. One of the main characters in the film, the 85-year-old Anna lives and carries Sirgala's four-story apartment building, where only one resident lives today.

 

The ghostly steam spill between the houses is spiced by Sillamäe's social worker Galina, who creates a social center with Sirgala with the support of church members from Norway. The film combines Sirgala's past and present, harsh reality, and magnificent future hopes.

 

 

Director: Mirjam Matiisen

Producer: Kristjan Pütsep

DOP: Alis Mäesalu

Sound Designer / Composer: Ann Reimann

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

ASH MOUNTAINS

December 31, 2016

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the population of the Ash Mountains has dropped by more than half, with no signs of growth or relief in sight. A place once known as the El Dorado of the proletariat has become synonymous with death and decay. However, legends remain: dwarves atop semi-coke mountains, exiles digging for forgiveness in pits, Mercedes-Cowboys roaming the night, and a magical bird, who must burn up to rise again.

 

Director: Ivar Murd

Producer: Margus Õunapuu

DOP: Madis Luik

Sound Desinger: Markku Tiidumaa

Composer: Endamisi Salamisi

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

 

GERASSIMOV'S WOMEN

December 30, 2016

In an Estonian town Narva, elderly Russian ladies meet in a park. Each of them has her own path that has led them to this war-scarred town. Today the border separating Estonia from Russia is running just a few hundred meters from their homes. Only nostalgic, haunting or funny memories take them back to the Soviet realities of their youth. On the park bench the past and the contemporary, the sacred and the profane, two states and regimes mix into a fluid called life.

Director: Birgit Rosenberg

DOP: Liis Lepik​

Sound Designer: Janeli Adremann​

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

CHRIST LIVES IN SIBERIA

January 27, 2015

The charismatic religious leader Vissarion lives in an isolated Siberian village and calls himself Christ who has reborn. A religious sect consisting of thousands of followers has gathered around him, including Dmitri the bellringer and his wife Sveta who moved to the community with her three children from Saint Petersburg a few years ago. Magomed, the biological father of the children, writes a complaint letter to the administration of the President of Russia and insists that his children should be given back to him. Director Arbo Tammiksaar with his family moved to the Vissarions' village for a year. He followed the daily life of Sveta's children in the paradise garden found in the middle of Siberian taiga. How do they grow up in a community with unusual convictions in a place far away from civilization?

 

 

Producer: Margus Õunapuu, Kaarle Aho

Co-Producers: Tuuli Roosma, Uku Toomet

Director: Arbo Tammiksaar, Jaak Kilmi

DOP: Arbo Tammiksaar, Jaak Kilmi, Meelis Veeremets, Madis Luik

Composer: Andre Pichen

Sound Designer: Markku Tiidumaa, Kaur Kask

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

LITTERING PROHIBITED

September 02, 2014

Lucavsala is an island almost in the center of Riga, in the middle of the Daugava River. In the 1930s, farms and cows were on the island. After the war, the island was divided into garden plots for Soviet large-scale workers. The spontaneous lifestyle in the Lucavsala Island Horticultural Opera opens through humorous details and contrasts. The protagonist Rasma, the 76-year-old horticulturist's self-proclaimed chairman, monitors compliance with the rules of charity, brings out lazy wines and drinks, collects taxes, and picks up his nose for foreign things. Now, however, real estate developers are keen to make the island a tourist attraction, where there are no pensioners or hippies who are aggressively struggling with the future of "Lat Vegas".

 

Producer: Antra Gaile, Jaak Kilmi

Director: Jaak Kilmi

DOP: Jaak Kilmi, Aigars Sermukss, Davis Dorss, Ulvis Burjans, Aleksandr Kheyfets

Sound Designer: Aleksandrs Vaicahovskis

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

PAPER TOWN

January 07, 2014

Fyodor is recreating the past of Narva out of cardboard. Mats is designing the future of it, and knocks down old red brick buildings. They both have a love for the town. Russia took over Narva from Sweden in the Great Northern War in 1704. Since then, the rule has been passed over six times. Not only on the border of Estonia and Russia, Narva is also on the cusp of the past and the future. This affectionate film brings the town to life in archive material, in models and architects’ sketches.

 

Producer:: Jaak Kilmi

Director: Jaak Kilmi

Script: Andres Keil, Jaak Kilmi

DOP: Ivar Taim, Jaak Kilmi, Siim Sillamaa

Composer: Janek Murd

Sound Designer: Tarvo Schmeimann

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov

WHY DID YOU GET MARRIED

November 30, 2012

Documentary "Why did you get married?" opens up the world of three young couples who are in the beginning of their marriage. Authors dilemma about her own relationship takes her to a journey to find answers.This is a story about falling in love, balance in a relationship, growing together and it's difficulties.

 

Director: Anniken Haldna

DOP: Janis Jurkovskis

Sound Designer: Ranno Tislar

Editor: Mirjam Jegorov, Kätlin Luht

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