Latvia, 2012, 82'
Ivars Zviedris / Inese Klava
“It must be an easy job to run after people with your camera, whether they want it or not!”, says Inta, a strong-willed, middle-aged woman who appears to enjoy her lonely life on the edge of a marsh until it is disrupted by a documentary film-maker. Over the course of a year, the film-maker follows the reclusive and reluctant woman who would rather put a curse on the intruder than let herself be filmed. “You’re a film director and yet you let an old trout laugh at you, swear at you, abuse you, humiliate you, spit on you. What sort of profession is it that makes a man fall so low?” Captured by the camera, their uneven relationship, coloured by humour, pathos, and by swirls of conflict and affection, provides an opportunity to reflect on professional deontology and the duty of care in documentary film-making. What makes a good documentary subject? How do you negotiate between the different sets of rights attached to the people on both sides of the camera? Finally, how close is too close, and who is manipulating whom? “Why are you helping me? I don’t understand. You must be sick in the head. If you make a bad film, I will curse you like hell”. He didn’t.
13 March, 20:00, Cinema Union
14 March, 16:00, Cinema Corso
Best Feature Length Documentary, Lielais Kristaps National Film Festival, Latvia, 2012
Audience Award, Lielais Kristaps National Film Festival, Latvia, 2012
Special Mention of Portal DELFI, Lielais Kristaps National Film Festival, Latvia, 2012
Trieste Film Festival, Italy, 2013