The Balcony

2008 / fiction / 48 min / colour / video / © Monoklis

Synopsis

„Falling out of a balcony and scratching a chin or swallowing a fishbone – doesn’t hurt, but it hurts to love.“

An undistinguished province town of the 80’s. After parents’ divorce, 11-year-old Rolanas and his dad move in next door to same-aged Emilija. Friendship is born between the kids, however, shyness or fear of opening-up makes them communicate through the wall, sitting in their own balconies, o through a socket connecting their flats. Emilija’s parents also appear to be on the verge of divorce. The children discover common topics, activities. Unfortunately, a nearly tragic accident prevents Emilija to go to the balcony. This encourages both children to set out for a “real” date.

Crew

Director Giedre Beinoriūtė
Producer Jurga Gluskinienė
Director of photography [Audrius Kemežys]
Set designer Algirdas Garbačiauskas
Composer Indrė Stakvilė
Costume designer Jurgita Petrulytė
Sound director Saulius Urbanavičius
Casts Elzbieta Degutytė, Karolis Savickis, Saulė Rašimaitė, Viktorija Kuodytė, Rolandas Kazlas

Awards

Cairo International Film festival for Children and Youth Silver prize for the Best Short Film, 2010
“Silver Crane” award for the Best Short Film, Lithuania, 2009
Lithuanian distributors award for the Best Lithuanian film, 2008

Festivals

Cairo International Film Festival (Cairo/ Egypt, 2010) – Silver prize for the best short film
GoEast International Film Festival (Wiesbaden, Germany, 2010)
Het Jeugd Filmfestival (Antverpen / Briuge, Belgium, 2010)
Lucas International Children’s Film Festival (Frankfurt, Germany, 2009)
Michel Children’s and Youth FilmFestival Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany, 2009)
Nordic Film Days Lubeck(Lubeck, Germany, 2009)
IFF Vilnius Spring (Vilnius, Lithuania, 2009)

Photos

Video