The Baltic New Wave and cinéma vérité have been forgotten behind the Iron Curtain. Bridges of Time gathers the most visionary and beautiful parts of these stylistic traditions into a cinematic essay.
Bridges of Time is mainly an audiovisual experience. We see a child eating snow out of his boot, a ship that looks like it is floating on sand, and an old wooden house that is burned to the ground. In comparative shots from present-time, aged documentary filmmakers talk about the practices of film, and of the idea that in the end, everything in the documentaries is a grey area. ‘Everything has turned grey’, one of the interviewees observes.
The film, directed by Latvian Kristīne Briede and Lithuanian Audrius Stonys, celebrates the Baltic countries’ 100 years of independence more aptly than fireworks. The nation’s working men talk about life and old women sing traditional songs together.
The passing of time brings with it an all-encompassing melancholy. One interviewee grieves his loss of hearing, as he cannot play the accordion like he used to. Another one drinks because he no longer knows the meaning of life.
Tero Kartastenpää (Translation: Ulrika Sundelin)
Languages: Estonian, Hebrew, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian
- Name in Original Language: Laika tilti
- Director: Audrius Stonys, Kristīne Briede
- Country: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
- Year: 2018
- Length: 80 min
- Age limit: K12
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Valdis Celmiņš, Audrius Kemezys, Joosep Matjus, Jānis Šēnbergs, Laisvunas Karvelis
- Editing: Kostas Radlinskas, Andra Doršs
- Music: Giedrius Puskunigis
- Production: Uldis Cekulis, Arunas Matelis / VFS Films (Latvia), Studio Nominum (Liettua), Vesilind (Viro)
- Kinopalatsi 8: Tue 29.1. at 17.00
- Kiasmateatteri: Wed 30.1. at 14.15
- Kiasmateatteri: Sat 2.2. at 15.30