Sharunas Bartas – Peace to Us in Our Dreams (2015)


Plot Summary:
A mild-mannered father, his restless daughter and his supine companion spend some time in a country cottage at the tail end of summer in Peace to Us in Our Dreams, from Lithuanian auteur Sharunas Bartas (A Casa, Seven Invisible Men). Though no one would mistake the latest effort from this Cannes regular for a Michael Bay movie, Dreams isn’t only composed of the director’s signature long takes and thus seems to move at a speed at least a cut above a snail’s pace. Add to that the fact the last 30 or so minutes are almost chatty — if still sotto voce —and it becomes clear we’re miles away from the Bartas of a film such as Few of Us, the 1996 Un Certain Regard entry that earned him comparisons to Tarkovsky and featured no dialogue at all. Still, a film in which characters don’t say much for the first hour will forever remain on the arthouse fringe, more likely to pop up at cinematheques and festivals than in any type of offshore commercial release. Continue reading

Alante Kavaite – Sangailes vasara AKA The Summer of Sangaile (2015)


17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.

One of the 10 best movies of 2015, according to Cahiers du Cinema. Continue reading

Maris Martinsons – Tyli naktis AKA Christmas. Uncensored (2012)


Christmas. Uncensored is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Maris Martinsons.

In one of the post-soviet countries, where sexual taboos are still ruling the society and strong traditions of Catholicism and homophobia are alive, family members and couple of friends come together to celebrate Christmas Eve.

“Best Cristmas Ever” this line is in the movie.
It’s Cristmas eve, and Tom (Leonardas Pobedonoscevas) with his wife with Ana (Valda Bickute)is going to Tom’s parents for the night. They leave their children’s with they uncle. And supposing to be nice warm evening turn into total disaster.
Movie is funny ,intense sometimes, its about human relationships and how complicated it can get.
All in all i like dramas, and this one is not an exception. Maris Martinsons got his own style for dramas, there is another good his movie Amaya (2010). – by Giedrius G, imdb Continue reading

Sharunas Bartas – Laisve AKA Freedom (2000)


A handful of strangers hoping to find freedom discover it is no easy quarry in this metaphoric drama. Four people stand near the shore of a seaside community and board a small boat hoping to sail away; they are soon attacked by border guards, and one of them does not survive. The three remaining sailors — two men (Axel Neuman and Valentinas Masalskis) and a woman (Fatima Ennafloui) — wash up on the beach of an island strewn with rocks. None of them speak the same language, and they struggle to make their way on the unforgiving coastline, often at odds with each other. They find they are not alone on the island — an Arab settlement and a cadre of soldiers are already living there; the military men attack them, and the Arabs refuse to come to their aid. Freedom was shown in competition at the 2000 Venice Film Festival. (by Mark Deming,) Continue reading

Audrius Stonys – Uku ukai (2006)


“Sorrow does not come merely from contemplating death, which forces us to look into Eternity, but also from life, which compels us to confront Time”, wrote Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyayev. Renowned Lithuanian documentarist Audrius Stonys took these words as a motto for his latest film, a meditative visual essay which portrays old people undertaking all kinds of activities, meditation and group laughter therapy. Without a single word of commentary, he creates from sophisticated, aesthetic images a compelling study of human corporeality which, in an ideal union with spiritual equilibrium, can sustain us with the pledge that old age doesn’t have to be a painful wait for the last breath. Continue reading

Robert Mullan – We Will Sing aka Mes Dainuosime (2015)


A group of people -students, an elderly couple, a violinist searching for her husband (taken by the KGB), anxious parents, a priest and others- find themselves in the same place, on the evening of January 12, 1991. They are defending their newly-established freedom against the Soviet occupiers. They position themselves at the Television Tower where the Soviet troops are trying to take control of communications (under the orders of Mikhail Gorbachev). The protesters are unarmed. New friendships are formed. But soon the tanks and troops advance and threaten the singing protesters. Continue reading

Arünas Zebriünas – Paskutine atostogu diena aka the Girl and the Echo (1964)


Imdb User Comment:
Many treasures have been buried (for ever?) in ex-USSR archives. Many movies have been made as too obvious communist propaganda and irritated people on both sides of Iron curtain. Many others that have been showing life from their point of view have stayed despised, neglected and forgotten because of the former ones: people simply overlooked other qualities they had. And finally, many Soviet movies (as well as many made in their satellite countries) didn’t include any politics, showing life stories that could be made anywhere, but people didn’t give them a chance just because of bad experience they had with other Eastern Europe movies Continue reading