Arünas Zebriünas

Arunas Zebriunas – Polunochnyk AKA Naktibalada AKA Nightbird (1973)

In his dreams little Tomas escapes from his every day live to experience a lot of thrilling and exciting adventures. Read More »

Arunas Zebriunas – Grazuole AKA The Beautiful Girl (1969)

Unusual both because, as Näripea states, it “lacks the ideological markers of Soviet life” and because it features an unmarried mother as one of its main characters, Arūnas Žebriūnas’s Lithuanian The Beauty (Gražuolé) focuses on free-spirited nine-year-old Inga (Inga Mickyte), whose self-confidence is shattered when a new neighbour declares her ugly, opening up her early rite of passage into the adult world of disillusionment that her single mother (Lilija Zadeikyte) already fully occupies. Read More »

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

Movie about a friendship of two children – a girl and a boy during the last day of summer holiday

Young Vika is spending her summer vacation with her grandfather on a remote seaside area surrounded by mountains. She flutters like a butterfly in her dotted dress, both in the mountains and by the water. The girl’s best friends are the mountains, and she loves their echo the most. She considers her affections secrets, and shares them with her new friend, Roma, a young boy who is newcomer to the area and who soon sadly betrays Vika’s friendship. The summer vacation ends on a sour note, but on leaving, Vika throws a coin into the sea, a wish to return next year. Read More »