Lame-os to Premiere at Zlin IFF
August 5, 2021
What do boys really want is a question asked by three friends in a teenage comedy Lame-os by debuting writer/director Marta Elina Martinsone.
The film that is to premiere at the upcoming 61st Zlín International Film Festival of Films for Children and Youth, is supported by the Czech Film Fund and National Film Centre of Latvia, and is a co-production of EGO MEDIA and 8Heads Productions.
Drawing inspiration from Hollywood movies and TV series, the three friends make a plan - the only way to achieve popularity is to the get class’s coolest guys as their prom dates.
However, their absurd and fantasy-inspired plans don’t work and almost destroy a real friendship. They realize that pretending to be something you’re not does not bring happiness or popularity. Even if others think they are the “lameos”, at least they’re lameos that are true to themselves.
The writer/director says on her debut:
“Lame-os” is loosely based on my teenage years, when being bullied was an everyday experience. However, the unpleasant reality gave way to a vivid imagination that many teenagers use as a coping mechanism, when life gets hard. For me this is a film about female friendship and trying to figure out what kind of woman you want to be. Role models in the early 2000s were often very sexualized and always perfectly beautiful, creating lasting self-confidence issues in many women of my generation. “Lame-os” looks at teen problems through a lens of humor and even the absurd, giving the hope that it gets better and being a “lameo” in your class can be a gift and can help you grow up to be a creative and sensitive person.
Check out the film’s trailer