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Castle, The

English title: Castle, The
Original title: Pilis
German title: Castle, The *
Lithuania, Ireland, 2019

Director: Luzyte, Lina
Production company: Artbox
Co-producers: Samson Films
Age recommendation: 14 years and up
Length: 115 min.
Film genre: Feature film

This coming of age film follows Monika, a thirteen-year-old Lithuanian girl, after her arrival to live in Dublin. A passionate teenage singer Monika has come along with her mother Jolanta, a professional pianist, who had to take a job in a local fish factory alongside many others in the neighbourhood and her heavily demented Granny who requires 24/7 care. Monika, however, keeps pushing her mum to continue music with her, convinced they will make it big until one day they indeed get an invitation to play in 'The Castle' - one of the best music venues in Ireland. Jolanta, a pragmatic realist, sells their keyboard and tells Monika they won't be going to any castles. This doesn't stop Monika however - she'll go alone. Monika cooks up a scheme to get the EUR100 for a hire of the keyboard. Struggling to raise the money she ends up abducting her own Granny and, pretending to kidnap her, demands a ransom from Jolanta, her mother. (by Lina Luzyte)

Galway Film Fleadh 2020, Giffoni CFF 2020, Cinekid Amsterdam 2020, Filem'On Brussels CFF 2020, Nordic Filmdays Luebeck 2020, Zagreb IFF 2020, Vilnius CFF 2020 (awarded), Lucas Frankfurt CFF 2021

Study guide: German

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