„Sunday. The Gospel According to lift-man Alberta's“ (19 min., 2003, 35mm., Documentary, colour).
Directed & Produced by: Arunas Matelis
DOP: Andrius Trukanas, Rimvydas Leipus, Vytautas Survila
Sound director: Viktoras Juzonis
Editing: Vida Buckute
Albertas, a lift-operator, sits all day waiting for someone to ring the elevator. His wait transcends his sense of community and symbolism, a sign that someone needs him. The film, rife with surreal humor, is the documentary version of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’.
The Directors’ Fortnight at Festival de Cannes
Rotterdam Film Festival, the Netherlands
Turin Film Festival, Italy
Trieste Film Festival, Italy
Ghent film festival, Belgium
Nordic Film Days in Luebeck, Germany
The Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers Award for Best Lithuanian film of 2003
Arunas Matelis about the film:
It is this incomprehensible Albert’s serenity and the ability of waiting. The shabby basement of the hospital, food ‘passing through’ the elevator, diseases, visitors, sometimes death and Albert working in this ‘hell’ around the clock. Or maybe it is not a ‘hell’, perhaps he can open the door for somebody, give them a lift to the gate of the Paradise as some St. Peter. Most of us would surely go crazy from this physically painful waiting, but Albert knows something we don’t and it doesn’t prevent him from feeling joy. Quite the contrary.