Songs For Kit (57'), Ruslan Fedotow, Belarus/Russia
A homeless woman of indeterminate age fights to live a dignified
life. We discover a woman with a striking, disarmingly cheerful and inventive character. But these qualities conceal another, far more vulnerable and lonely figure. She's sometimes joined by a friend who looks awkwardly on she capers about, makes a fire from kindling and enjoys the fireworks on Victory Day. The woman may be sad about being fired from her cleaning job in a shopping mall, but that doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy the singing of the birds. In the end we always find her, heartbreakingly and inevitably, back on her own in her makeshift shelter in a bleak, dark stairwell.