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by Dace Puce


Markuss must adapt to a new life living with his granny in the countryside. After Emīlija – a neighbor’s daughter – throws some contemptuous remarks about the boy’s father, Markuss decides to teach her a cruel lesson. This has severely negative consequences which resonate throughout the village. Forced to work the boy begins to harbor hatred towards the others in the village. The only person the boy can relate to is an old Sailor living in the nearby woods. They inspire one another and keep each other’s secrets. It is only through an accidental turn of events that Emīlija’s mother’s intended sanctions against Markuss and the boy’s reputation in the eyes of the inhabitants of the village radically change.

international title: The Pit
original title: Bedre
country: Latvia, Finland
sales agent: TVCO
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Dace Puce
film run: 90'
screenplay: Dace Puce, Monta Gāgane, Pēteris Rozītis
cast: Damirs Onackis, Dace Eversa, Luize Birkenberga
cinematography by: Gatis Grinbergs
film editing: Jussi Rautaniemi
producer: Kristele Pudane, Elina Zazerska
co-producer: Klaus Heydemann
production: Marana Production, Inland Film Company
backing: National Film Centre of Latvia (LV)

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