The Gambler

Vincentas ist der beste Sanitäter des örtlichen Rettungsdienstes. Seine Passion fürs Glücksspiel bringt ihn allerdings immer wieder in riskante Situationen, um sein verlorenes Geld zurück zu bekommen. Da Not erfinderisch macht, hat Vincentas eines Tages eine Idee, wie er auch aus seinem Beruf ein scheinbar lukratives, wenn auch makabres Spiel machen kann. Leider erweist sich schon bald, dass wie so oft alles anders kommt als ursprünglich angenommen …

Vincentas is the best employee at the emergency services station, whose passion is one – gambling in different games. Whenever he lands in some difficult situation, the medic is forced to grab onto something radical to return the money he is constantly losing. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Initially the employees at emergency services are the only ones to be attracted to this macabre engagement. Soon enough, however, the idea kicks off and starts spreading like wildfire. The medic colleagues become betting agents, whereas Vincentas takes control of its bank. As financial matters keep on improving, coworker Ieva starts objecting to the game. A passionate relationship has just unfolded between her and Vincentas. Soon enough he is going to face making a fateful choice – the game or love.

Director's Biography
Ignas Jonynas, born 1971 in Lithuania, has worked in theatre, film and advertising as a director, screenwriter and actor. He graduated from A.Vienožinskis Art School, successfully obtained a bachelor’s degree in TV Direction and a master’s degree in Theatre at the Lithuanian Academy of Music. Jonynas made several shorts which were presented at many international festivals. In Lithuania he has furthermore received many awards for his work as a theater director. LOŠĖJAS (The Gambler, 2013) is his first feature film. It premiered at the San Sebastian festival in 2013.
European Panorama Fiction 2014
Ignas Jonynas
Litauen / Lettland 2013
109 Minuten
Drehbuch Kristupas Sabolius, Ignas Jonynas
Kamera Janis Eglitis
Schnitt Stasys Žak
Ton/Sounddesign Claus Lynge
Musik The Bus
Mit Vytautas Kaniušonis, Oona Mekas, Romuald Lavrynovic, Valerijus Jevsejevas, Lukas Keršys, Jonas Vaitkus, Arturas Šablauskas, Simonas Lindešis
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