International Films Competition

Latvian Coyote

Latvia, 2020, 69 min.

Latvian, Heb. and Eng. Sub.

Dir: Ivars Zviedris

Screening Schedule:

Fri. 10/12 | 18:15 | Cinematheque

Fri. 17/12 | 19:30 | Cinematheque

An absurd game of “finding happiness” is being played by local Latvian coyotes* and illegal immigrants on the Russian and the European Union border. It is a game with no winners – all participants are driven to play by the sense of despair. While one side leaves home and undertakes a perilous journey to the other side of the globe, hoping to spend the rest of their lives in a free country, the other side risks their freedom to earn a chance to stay right where they are, in their homeland.
*coyote – someone who smuggles illegal immigrants.

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