‘The Gambler’ by Lithuanian director Ignas Jonynas won the special jury prize in the main programme of the International Warsaw Film Festival.
‘The Gamber’ is the first co-production of Lithuania and Latvia. The film competed on the official programme among 15 other features from Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and South America.
The main prize, Warsaw Grand Prix, went to the Polish film ‘Ida’, and the award for the best directingwent to Zaza Urushadze for the film ‘Tangerines’.
About the film:
Paramedic Vincentas has a serious problem. He is a gambler who, when he lands in trouble, is prepared to place a bet on anything to return the money he is constantly losing. He finally gets the idea to use his profession for gambling, too. He organizes an illegal game in which life and death are at stake. Initially he only lets the employees in on the secret. Soon enough, however, the idea kicks off and starts spreading like wildfire. The medic colleagues become betting agents, whereas Vincentas takes control of the bank. As financial matters keep on improving, a woman appears on the horizon. A passionate relationship unfolds between Vincentas and Ieva. Soon enough Vincentas will have to make a choice – the game or love. The first Lithuanian-Latvian coproduction feature film.
About the director Ignas Jonynas
Lithuanian film and theater director. Born in 1971 in Vilnius. He studied film and TV directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and completed professional courses at the Amsterdam Film School and at a series of seminars with Krzysztof Zanussi in Warsaw. His shorts have been presented at many international festivals. In Lithuania he has received many awards for his work as a theater director. His second feature film, “The Gambler”, premiered at the San Sebastian festival in 2013.