Acclaimed Cannes film OLEG opens the festival!

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'Oleg' opens and competes at Carl International Film Festival

Oleg opens the third edition of Carl International Film Festival August 23. The film premiered at Director’s Fortnight in Cannes and will have its Scandinavian premiere in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition. The film will be a part of the festival’s main theme 2019 – Sustaintability – announced today.

Latvian Juris Kursietis’ second feature is a thrilling drama with humorous undertones about modern slavery within the borders of Europe. Oleg has left Latvia to work at a slaughterhouse outside Ghent. After a workplace accident, Oleg gets the blame and loses his job. Alone in a foreign country, he soon falls under the sway of a the charismatic Andrzej, a Polish criminal.

Juris Kursietis, director:
– Making Oleg was a reality check – where we as a society are today and if we are okey with it. When I first read the story about a butcher going to Belgium in search for a better life, it struck me how brutal and violent we’ve become and what means we are willing to take just to make a piece of meat cheaper in the supermarket. It is a big question, are we okey with the situation and how much longer can it actually go on? That we are exploiting the weaker ones and turning a blind eye on it. I’m really happy that Oleg will open Carl International Film Festival in Sweden and that it raises a discussion. Because this is about people who are among us. Just look around.

Oleg is the first film to be announced in Carl International Film Festival’s competitive programme Baltic Sea Competition. Five films with a strong narrative and cinematic language that go hand in hand with the festival’s values of openness and freedom will compete for the award Best Baltic Sea Film. The award consist of SEK 25,000 together with a prize statue. The winner will be selected by a jury and announced at a ceremony on August 27.

Oleg (2019)
Director: Juris Kursietis
Script: Juris Kursietis, Līga Celma, Kaspars Odiņš
Cast: Valentin Novopolskij, Dawid Ogrodnik, Anna Próchniak

Theme: Sustainability

In an era of alarming climate reports and huge social challenges, Carl International Film Festival present Sustainability as the main theme of the festival 2019.

The theme ”Sustainability” will be captured from different angles throughout the festival programme with films, seminars and events.

With the festival’s opening film Oleg, depicting the life of a Latvian migrant worker in Belgium, we highlight the discussion on the importance of social sustainability and how it is depleted in the society of individualism and protectionism that is growing ever stronger. The social sustainability is also the focus of the festival’s closing seminar, in collaboration with the international public service broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where we look closer on how the systematic outspread of “fake news” disrupts the belief in the common.

Carl International Film Festival 2019

Carl International Film Festival is one of the first festivals bringing together films from the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. The festival presents a unique program with focus on highlighting the diversity of stories and new talents from the region.

During the festival days, new films from the Baltic Sea countries are presented and five feature films compete in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition. In addition, events, director’s talks, open air screenings, festivities and the film industry events Carl Film Forum and Carl Filmpolitik are also presented.

The full festival programme will be released on July 25.
Carl International Film Festival 2019 will be held August 23–28.

Carl International Film Festival is one of the first festivals bringing together films from the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. The festival presents a unique program with focus on highlighting the diversity of stories and new talents from the region.

During the festival days, new films from the Baltic Sea countries are presented and five feature films compete in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition. In addition, events, director’s talks, open air screenings, festivities and the film industry events Carl Film Forum and Carl Filmpolitik are also presented.

The full festival programme will be released on July 25.
Carl International Film Festival 2019 will be held August 23–28.