NIJOLE

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directed by Sandro Bozzolo
written by Maria Cecilia Reyes

LT-IT, 2018

An intimate portrait of Lithuanian/Colombian artist Nijole Sivickas and the unusual relationship with her son, philosopher, mathematician and politician Antanas Mockus.

World Premier at DOK.Leipzig
Next Masters Competition

Colombian Premier at FICCI
Muestra Migración y Mestizaje

DOCSBarcelona
Selección Oficial Panorama

Lithuanian Premier at VDFF
Official Selection

21 Muestra Internacional de Documental de Bogotá - MIDBO
Official Selection

Synopsis

Antanas Mockus, once rector of the National University of Colombia, twice Mayor of Bogotá and three times presidential candidate, is proof that it is possible to make politics without corruption. He recently was elected congressman and through his unconventional mixture of education and performative arts, Antanas has been able to transform a whole generation of Colombians. His mother and source of inspiration is the fascinating and mysterious Nijole Sivickas (1925 - 2018), a Colombian sculptress born in Lithuania. Nijole has never been very open about her life and even Antanas realizes he knows very little about his mother's roots.

Antanas' curiosity takes them on an intimate and confronting journey. When Nijolė is invited to her motherland for a retrospective, Antanas tries to convince her to present her work in Lithuania for the very first time. But Nijolė, who has looked at the world of art with strong skepticism, wants nothing more than having back her son in her atelier, to sculpt "something that belongs to him".

Through Baltic landscapes and the chaotic streets of a Latin American metropolis, Nijolė and Antanas explore topics as art, politics, migration, independence, the emancipation of women and the concept of family. With NIJOLĖ, director Sandro Bozzolo and his team approach both extraordinary characters in their unusual mother-son relationship, in their wonder about what should be remembered and which things are better left forgotten.

 

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