Juris Kursietis
108 min
Latvia, Belgium
Latvian, Russian, Polish, English, Flemish

Nordic premiere / Opening film

Opening film

Originaltitel: Oleg

Thrilling realism in Juris Kursieti’s uncompromising drama about a migrant worker’s life. Oleg has left Latvia to work at a slaughterhouse outside Ghent. After a workplace accident, Oleg is blamed and gets fired from his job. As a magical rescue, the charismatic Andzejs appears and offers job and a Polish passport. Oleg, who belongs to a Russian-speaking minority and lacks full citizenship, is desperate and can’t find a way out of the situation when it becomes clear to him that Andzejs is a kind of migrant worker mafioso. Soon, Oleg is not only stateless in a foreign country but also literally trapped. Kursietis delivers an intense portrait of modern slave work within the borders of Europe with elements of magic realism and humorous undertones.

Cast: Valentin Novopolskij, Dawid Ogrodnik, Anna Próchniak, Adam Szyszkowski, Guna Zariņa, Edgars Samītis Producer: Aija Bērziņa, Alise Ģelze, Lukas Trimonis , Isabelle Truc,Guillaume de Seille Screenplay: Liga Celma-Kursiete Juris Kursietis Kaspars Odins Genre: Drama, Thriller

Photo: Best Friend Forever Sales | Text: Josef Kullengård

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