Oleg, a movie by Juris Kursietis and co-produced by Latvia, Belgium, Lithuania and France, was on April 23 included among the films represented in the Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival running from May 15 to 25, eng.lsm.lv reports. 

Oleg (Latvian: Oļegs) tells the true story of an eponymous Latvian non-citizen, a butcher by trade. He goes to Belgium to work but becomes enslaved by Polish thugs. The film chronicles his attempt to flee these unbearable circumstances.

It casts a multi-national ensemble of actors, including Valentin Novopolskij, Dawid Ogrodnik, Anna Próchniak, Adam Szyszkowski, Guna Zariņa, and Edgars Samītis.

Directors' Fortnight is a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, established in 1969. Up until now, Laila Pakalniņa's and Rolands Kalniņš' films have been included in the festival, but Oleg is the first Latvian movie to be included in the parallel prize.

Oleg will premiere in Latvia on October 4. 

Kursietis' (1983) previous feature film, Modris (2016), received a number of accolades in his native Latvia and abroad.