A YEAR FULL OF DRAMA

Marta Pulk
Director Marta Pulk
Producer Paul Piik, Kinoteater Collective
Idea Henrik Kalmet, Paavo Piik, Paul Piik
Camera Aivo Rannik
Editor Hendrik Magar
Cast Alissija-Elisabet Jevtjukova
Original Title AASTA TAIS DRAAMAT
Year 2019
Length 106 min
Country Estonia
Subtitles English
Section DOCUMENTARIES OPEN DEBATES


An extraordinary real-life story from Estonia – a job announcement was posted for a person who has never in her/his life been in a drama theatre. The job was to watch and review some 200 theatre plays in one year. 450 applicants applied. Female director Marta Pulk takes us masterly on this exciting human journey through theatre stages and personal dramas.
The film will be introduced by Dutch film diva Willeke van Ammelrooy.

Synopsis

Could art be indeed a life-changing tool? Countryside girl Alissija, born to a Russian-speaking family, has never stepped into a theatre. However, the peculiar experimental audition chooses her for a paid role: to watch and review every theatre production in Estonia for a whole year. This overwhelming experience not only puts her through 224 performances in 365 days and challenges her to suddenly plunge into an immense amount of culture, but also makes her redefine her past, present and future, her inner self. An authentic coming-of-age story questioning the limits of cultural consumption and the power of art.