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Balcony, The

Original title: Balkonas
German title: Balkon, Der
Lithuania, 2008

Director: Beinoriute, Giedre
Production company: Monoklis
Age recommendation: 10 years and up

The setting is somewhere in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Rolanas moves with his father, who has recently separated from his mother, into a socialist housing development on the edge of a small city. He is followed with particular attentiveness by his neighbour Emilija, who is the same age as him, from the entrance to his balcony. Both are shy, and thus they only speak with one another from their balconies or secretly at night through the wall. In time a special friendship develops between them, but before it reaches the point of an actual first date, something tragic and unexpected befalls them, which again and again postpones the date. The Balcony is rich in the details of everyday life and intensifies through the viewpoints of the cautiously observant children. In the center of this atypical film stands the development of the special friendship of Rolanas and Emilija.

Lucas Frankfurt 2009, Michel Hamburg 2009, Nordic Filmdays Lübeck 2009, Antwerp/Brugge 2010, Vilnius 2010, Augsburg 2010

Website: www.monoklis.lt

World sales address/es:
Monoklis (LIT)