Between the big stage and the fish factory: dreams are often overtaken by reality. And yet they drive us forward. In this film Lina Lužytė explores the balance between the two, making use of three strong female characters, a daughter, mother and grandmother, who have recently moved from Lithuania to Ireland.
Monika wants to become a professional singer. Together with her mother Jolanta the thirteen-year-old moves from one family celebration or funeral to the next in Dublin's Lithuanian community. But while the daughter dreams of a performance in the "Castle", where Elton John is said to have once performed, her mother gives the daughter's keyboard away. Instead of serving as pianist from one celebration to the next Jolanta is to both take care of her dementia-suffering grandmother and keep the family afloat with a job in a local fish factory, a balancing act that Monika refuses to perform. Obsessed with her dream, she forges ahead with her plan to perform in the legendary "Castle". A profound coming-of-age story complete with a sensational leading actress, well-rounded dramaturgy and focused imagery. All the while the focus is on three generations of women who all prove both confident and strong in forging a path for themselves abroad. NaF
After the film you can watch the Q&A between the film director Lina Lužytė and FFC-moderator Joshua Jádi HERE.