ROCKS IN MY POCKETS
Rocks in My Pockets
Directed by Signe Baumane
Latvia | 2014 | 88 min | animation, drama | English
Latvia, the late 1920’s. Anna, a young woman, pretty and educated, falls in love with an adventurous entrepreneur, 30 years her senior. But
with marriage comes great jealousy, and the entrepreneur hides Anna away in the forest, far from other men, where she bears him eight children. The Great Depression hits them hard. Then Latvia is overrun with invasions by the Soviets, then the Nazis, then the Soviets once again. Anna is a pillar of strength, defying the hardships, raising her young, teaching them survival secrets of the forest. But something inside her is terribly wrong.
Years later, Signe, a young artist, asks her father, “How did my grandmother die?” Her father is evasive. His seven siblings are evasive, as well. Signe strongly suspects that Anna committed suicide. Clues of mental illness had always leaked through the family stories. Signe suffers from depression herself. Three of her cousins, all women, battle madness, as well. Could there be a link between Anna and the four granddaughters?
Defying the stigma that silences so many, Signe takes us on a journey deep into her own depression where she looks to confront the family
demons. But, unlike her cousins, Signe finds an assuring guide in animation and art.
Cast & Crew
Director: Signe Baumane
Screenplay: Signe Baumane
Animator: Signe Baumane
Editing: Wendy Cong Zhao
Producers: Signe Baumane (Signe Baumane Studio), Sturgis Warner
Festivals & Awards
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Award of Ecumenical Jury, Special Mention, FIPRESCI Prize
Latvian National Film Festival – Best Animated Feature Film, Best Screenplay
Trieste Film Festial – SkyArte Award
Athens International Film Festival
San Sebastian International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
London International Animation Festival
Tirana International Film Festival
Leeds International Film Festival
Gijon International Film Festival
International Film Festival of India (Goa)
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Brussels International Animation Film Festival
A welcome contrast to modern computer-generated animation, telling and adult tale with dark humour.
modern milestone in animated storytelling
A very personal animated film that explores depression (…) with wit, surreal invention and insight.
The Hollywood Reporter
sharp, surprising and funny
New York Times