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People Out There

Cilvēki tur
Director: Aik Karapetian

Latvia, Crime, drama, 2012, 90 min, russian with english and lithuanian subtitles
Jan (Ilya Shcherbakov), a guy in his twenties, lives with his grandfather (Eduard Murashov) in a housing complex on the neglected outskirts of town. He and his best friend Cracker (Semyon Serzin) hang out smoking weed and getting involved in crimes. After meeting beautiful Sabina (Viktorija Kondratenko), Jan‘s everyday life turns upside down. He takes a liking to the lifestyle of the “golden youth” he meets so Jan looks for a fresh start in downtown circles, but only finds contempt. His hopes for love, compassion and opportunity are dashed by the even more ruthless rules of the bourgeois, and he comes to realize that the only one he can count on is himself. 
Latvian director and screenwriter Aik Karapetian’s raw suburban drama “People Out There” contemplates the notion that environment determines a person’s character. Can a person break free of this environment and, if so, at what cost?

Awards:
 
2012 – Best Director Award for Aik Karapetian at the Baltic Debuts International Film Festival (Svetlogorsk, Russia).
 
About the director:
 
Born in 1983 in Gyumri, Armenia, Aik Karapetian grew up in Latvia. Received his bachelor’s degree in art history at the Art Academy of Latvia (Riga), and his master’s degree in audiovisual art at the Latvian Academy of Culture (Riga). Karapetian was first noticed as a director in 2007, when his short film “Disgust” (Riebums, 2007) was deemed the best student film in the national film festival “Lielais Kristaps”. In 2009, he worked on the jury of “Lielais Kristaps” and finished the French film school ESEC (Paris). In 2011, Karapetian debuted as director of Gioachino Rossini‘s “The Barber of Seville” at the Latvian National Opera, to raving reviews from both the public and critics alike. “People Out There” is a debut feature film of this young yet acclaimed director.
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Aik Karapetian

Dir. of Photography: Jānis Eglītis

Music: Elviss Zants, Kristaps Krievs

Cast: lya Shcherbakov, Semyon Serzin, Mareks Marcinkēvičs, Mikhail Razumovsky, Eduard Murashov, Viktorija Kondratenko, Agnese Frišfelde