Pank + Anthology of the Plot

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The New York Baltic Film Festival proudly presents The Anthology of the Plot/Suokalbio antologija from Lithuanian and Pank from Estonia.

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ANTHOLOGY OF THE PLOT/Suokalbio antologija

North American Premiere

27 min. In Lithuanian with English subtitles.

When it opened in Vilnius in 1992, the Lithuanian bar Suokalbis (“The Plot” in English) served as a refuge and a source of inspiration for young artists, filmmakers, journalists, and writers, as well as doctors, customs officers, judges, and anyone between. An evening here could result in a stroke of inspiration for your next work; you might end up rubbing shoulders with living icons, or get commissioned to write an article, a translation or a review, and maybe even give or conduct an interview — if you found time between all the drinking and dancing on tables, that is. In this magical place, you also didn’t actually need money to get drunk: all you had to do was wait for someone to leave a drink unprotected. At Suokalbis, drinks didn’t belong to the people who bought them; everything was simply placed into circulation.

The closing of Suokalbis in 2010 was a serious blow to Vilnius, and a loss of an irreplaceable public space. In this short documentary, director Arturas Jevdokimovas looks back at one of the most amazing bars in the world, one that experimented with the notion of absolute freedom. (Lithuania, 2015)

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PANK

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108 minutes. In Estonian with English subtitles.

Pank tells the story of the rise of one of the most successful banks in the Baltic States, based on real characters and events in Estonia just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. During a key transition point in history — as everything old has been removed, with nothing new yet in place — Toomas is working at a local gas station to pay his way through school. When a random conversation with a customer lands him a job at a new, rapidly growing bank, he finds himself suddenly catapulted into a nerve hub of major deals and complex transactions. Working alongside the tough and focused Ülle, the bank’s CFO and one of its original founders — and one of very few women in the industry — Nordbank becomes a second home for both as it rapidly prospers.

Working hard and partying harder as their careers deliver one success after the other, Toomas and Ülle become blind to the destruction that Nordbank is leaving in its wake. But they’ll soon learn that success comes at a price: When you’re winning, you can’t always see what you’re losing. Created by Eero Epner and Tarmo Jüristo (Estonia, 2018)

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