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directed by Ignas Jonynas




 Betting on patients. A dark and stylized moral descent



Vincentas is the best employee at the emergency services station, whose passion is gambling in different games. Whenever he faces some difficulties, the medic is forced to make radical decisions to return the debts. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Financial matters keep on improving, but Vincentas is going to make a fateful choice. Love, life and death will be at stake.




CAST Vytautas Kaniusonis, Oona Mekas


PRODUCED BY Studio Uljana Kim and Locomotive Productions





Born in 1971 in Lithuania, Ignas Jonynas has worked in theatre, film and advertising as a director, screenwriter, and actor.  After completing a BA in TV Direction at the Vilnius A.Vienožinskis Art School, he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Theatre at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

He has worked as a construction worker, bartender, dock worker, medical orderly at a psychiatric hospital, and radio DJ.  Ignas was involved with the music band Bango Collective. He has staged 10 theatre productions and directed one documentary and two short films. The Gambler is his debut feature film.    


Festivals / Awards

Latvian National Awards "Great Cristopher" 2014 Best full-length feature film cinematographer (Janis Eglitis) & Best minor coproduction film Awards

Festroia International Film Festival 2014 – Panorama Section

Shanghai International Film Festival 2014 – Spectrum Section

Helsinki Love & Anarchy Festival 2014 - Balkanize!

Hambourg Film Festival 2014 - Eurovisuell Section

Galway Film Fleadh 2014 - World Cinema Section

Mill Valley film Festival, World Cinema Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid - Meeting Point competition

Lithuanian Silver Cranes 2014 Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor Awards

Festroia 2014  Silver Dolphin Award, Best Script Award and Best Actor Award (Vytautas Kaniusonis)

Europe around Europe Festival 2014 Special Jury Award

Warsaw Film Festival 2014 Special Jury Award

San Sebastián Film Festival 2013

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