The Gambler / Lošėjas (Lithuania/Latvia, 2013)

directed by Ignas Jonynas, drama, 109 min, eng subtitles
written by Kristupas Sabolius, Ignas Jonynas
with Vitautas Kaniušonis, Oona Mekas, Romuald Lavrynovič, Valerijus Jevsejevas

Vincentas is the best employee at the emergency services station who has just one passion - gambling on different games. Whenever he lands in some difficult situation, the medic is forced to do something radical to return the money he is constantly losing. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Initially the emergency services employees are the only ones attracted to this macabre engagement. Soon enough, however, the idea kicks off and starts spreading like wildfire. The medic's colleagues become betting agents, while Vincentas takes control of its bank. As financial matters keep on improving, co-worker Ieva starts objecting to the game. A passionate relationship rapidly unfolds between her and Vincentas. Soon enough he is going to have to make a fateful choice - the game or love.
The first Lithuanian and Latvian co-production ever, premiered in San Sebastian this September.