If you think of Southeast Asian migrant workers living in Korea, you can guess the life of Latvia migrant workers working in Belgium. Oleg is the story of a man who moves from a poor country in Europe to a rich country to make money and then lives on hard labor. Oleg starts his job at a butcher′s factory but loses his job by his colleague’s slander. Andrei, a Polish man, offers him a bed and a job, but contrary to Oleg′s expectations, there is no stable life. Oleg is cornered and vulnerable to violence. He can neither avoid nor escape the situation.Oleg is a movie that reveals the reality of migrant workers in Europe today. The director wrote the scenario by covering the real-life story of what happened to the people like Oleg and created the film′s details with the tenacity of a journalist. Although there is no heroism or shocking twists, the movie makes us assimilate into the main character′s situation, letting us experience his anxiety and fear together. (Nam Dong-chul)
Juris KURSIETIS (1983) worked for six years on Latvian national television as an international journalist. He directed his first feature-length film MODRIS, which was selected for Toronto, San Sebastian New Directors (Special Jury prize), Warsaw, Cottbus, Thessaloniki, Leeds, Goa, Tbilissi (Best Director), Riga (Best First Film and Best Actress in a supporting role), FesbioFest, Bergamo, Guadalajara, Chicago, Vilnius, Fajr, Brussels, ArtFilmFest, Kinoshock (Best Director), Helsinki, CinEast, Lübeck, Santa Barbara, Prishtina and Busan. Oleg, his second film, has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, 2019.