Video 5:30 min.
Veronika from Lithuanian film „Ave, Vita“ (1970) and Agnes from Estonian film „The Last Relic“ (1969) are facing decisive moments in their lives. Veronika discovers that she is pregnant. Agnes is asked to marry a man she does not love for the sake of holy relic. Both strive to be independent women, trying to find their own place. In the video heroines are deprived of their voices. Only their faces are visible. The silent conversation of women‘s gazes is interrupted by the subtitles, representing how patriarchal power structures (the convent and the hospital) is trying to control women’s bodies and intimate life. The true feelings of Agnes and Veronika can be only read from their faces.
Ave, Vita / 1970 / Lithuania / 90 Min. / Black and White / Dir. Almantas Grikevičius
Scr. Grigorijus Kanovičius, Vytautas Žalakevičius / Veronika: Eugenija Bajorytė
Viimne Reliikvia / The Last Relic /1969 / Estonia / 86 Min. / Color
Dir. Grigori Kromanov /Scr. Arvo Valton, Eduard Bornhöhe /Agnes: Ingrid Andrina