anthology of the plot

When it opened in Vilnius in 1992, the Lithuanian bar Suokalbis (“The Plot” in English) served as a refuge and a source of inspiration for young artists, filmmakers, journalists, and writers, as well as doctors, customs officers, judges, and anyone between. An evening here could result in a stroke of inspiration for your next work; you might end up rubbing shoulders with living icons, or get commissioned to write an article, a translation or a review, and maybe even give or conduct an interview — if you found time between all the drinking and dancing on tables, that is. In this magical place, you also didn’t actually need money to get drunk: all you had to do was wait for someone to leave a drink unprotected. At Suokalbis, drinks didn’t belong to the people who bought them; everything was simply placed into circulation.

The closing of Suokalbis in 2010 was a serious blow to Vilnius, and a loss of an irreplaceable public space. In this short documentary, director Arturas Jevdokimovas looks back at one of the most amazing bars in the world, one that experimented with the notion of absolute freedom.

North American Premiere Screening

Screening date & time: Friday, November 8, 7:20 pm

Original title: Suokalbio antologija

Director: Arturas Jevdokimovas

Runtime: 27 min

Language: Lithuanian with English subtitles

2015 - Lithuania

Q & A with filmmakers after the screening

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About The Director:

Born in 1966 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Arturas Jevdokimovas studied TV Directing at Vilnius Conservatory. He graduated in Film Directing from Tbilisi Theatre and Film Institute (Republic of Georgia), and interned at Anthology Film Archives in New York. Jevdokimovas is currently working as a curator, film director/producer, and as an events/festival organizer.

Festivals and Awards

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival,

WINNER Best Short Documentary Film at Lithuanian Film Academy Silver Crane Awards