Oleg

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    Oleg

    Oļeg

    Directed by

    Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania, France

    2019

    108 min

    • French
    • English
    • Russian
    • Latvian
    • Polish

    Drama

    Latvian Oleg tries to make a living and finds a job in his profession, in a meat factory in Brussels. Betrayed by a colleague, this job doesn’t last. Oleg is then sheltered by the Polish migrant-worker mafia.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Valentin Novopolskij
    Dawid Ogrodnik
    Anna Próchniak
    Adam Szyskowski
    Guna Zarina
    Edgars Samïtis
    Screenplay
    Juris Kursietis
    Līga Celma-Kursiete
    Kaspars Odiņš
    Cinematography
    Bogumil Godfrejow
    Editing
    Matyas Veress
    Production
    TASSE FILM
    Production
    IOTA PRODUCTION
    Production
    ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
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    Press

    The film mostly unfolds within highly realistic, claustrophobic and nocturnal atmospheres which are nigh-on documentarian and woven together by a handful of dream-like sequences.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    A timely and impressive second feature. The screenplay is a particular strong point.

    Screendaily

    Thanks to welcome flecks of comic relief, Oleg is consistently watchable as well as illuminating about an emerging social problem (…). Kursietis and his team, especially DP Bogumil Godfrejow, impress throughout.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Gritty, tense and uncompromising film.

    Cineuropa

    As an unblinking study of contemporary Europe’s pitiless migrant labor market... OLEG would be politically essential even if it weren’t so cinematically exciting.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Juris Kursietis

    Juris Kursietis

    Latvia

    Juris Kursietis (director/writer) started his career at the age of 20, when he worked for the Latvian Television news department as foreign news correspondent. At that point he was also taking his first steps in longer feature stories or mini-documentaries. In the 15 minute slots that went on prime time TV, he developed and directed from character stories to journalistic investigations. After 6 years in television he turned to cinema. He went to the UK to do his masters in film directing at the Northern Media School. At the same time in 2007 and 2008 he worked as 1st assistant director on several feature films in Latvia and directed THE BICYCLE STORY (2007). He graduated his film school with distinction and his graduation mid length film RIT BUS (WILL HAVE IT TOMORROW) received attention in the UK and Latvia. In 2008 he joined Red Dot Media, where since he has directed numerous TV commercials, directed full length documentaries, worked as a scriptwriter for feature films and shot his debut feature film MODRIS. The film was given Special Mention in San Sebastian FF and the Best Director award in Tbilisi IFF. His latest film OLEG (2019) had its world premiere at Directors' Fortnight.

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