Directed by Aik Karapetian, and Aleksandr Rodionov
Year: 2022
Country: Latvia, Belgium
Language: English, Latvian with English subtitles
English Closed Captions

Filmmaker Aik Karapetian’s dark fairy tale SQUEAL centers on Samuel (Kevin Janssens), who is far from home, searching for his father. Lost in remotest Eastern Europe, on the edges of a mythical forest, a minor road accident leads to a chance meeting with a pig-farmer’s daughter Kirke (Laura Siliņa). Sam soon learns that his priorities must change if he wants to survive. Her initial hospitality is a smoke screen to capture him and make him a forced laborer on the farm. Alone, unable to speak the language, and chained up 24/7 with the pigs, he learns to adapt. Fortunately, a seemingly magical piglet gains Sam’s confidence and shows him the way to freedom and true love.

Kevin Janssens
Laura Siliņa
Aigars Vilims
Normunds Griestiņš
Juris Bartkevičs
Guntis Pilsums

Directed by Aik Karapetian and Aleksandr Rodionov
Writer Aik Karapetian