Lithuania

  • Eimuntas Nekrošius – Hamletas AKA Hamlet (1997)

    1991-2000ClassicsDramaEimuntas NekrošiusLithuaniaWilliam Shakespeare
    Hamletas (1997)
    Hamletas (1997)

    One of the greatest and best known Nekrosius productions.
    Hamletas marked the beginning of Nekrosius’s studio, Meno Fortas, which is dedicated to performance and actor training and earned Nekrosius the 1998 St. Kristoforas for highest theatrical achievement in Europe.Read More »

  • Emilija Skarnulyte – Burial (2022)

    2021-2030DocumentaryEmilija SkarnulyteLithuania

    A python slithers and curls over the abandoned control room of Chernobyl’s sister, the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, its radioactive core an unleashed monster that will slither through time for a million years.Read More »

  • Algimantas Puipa – Amžinoji šviesa AKA Eternal Light (1987)

    1981-1990ArthouseDramaLithuania

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    “Eternal Light” (“Amžinoji šviesa”) (1988) – Lithuanian feature film, one of the most remarkable cinema works of the country during the last decade. In the story of Rimantas Šavelis the film director Puipa returns to the village, roots, to the end of fifties – the period, traditional in the Lithuanian cinema. Here, contrary to the films of such type, Puipa shows the post-war period not in a publicistic, but a lyrical and subtle way. Though weapons can be seen in the hands of the characters, shots are not resounding here, and the general plot is limited to the emotional relationship among four main characters. A land-surveyor Anicetas (actor Vidas Petkevičius) has an aversion to his persecutor Pranė (actress Daiva Stubraitė) and marries the loved Amilė (actress Virginija Kelmelytė) from the other village.Read More »

  • Arunas Zebriunas – Riesutu Duona AKA Walnut Bread (1977)

    1971-1980ArthouseArunas ZebriunasDramaLithuania

    Andrius and Liuka, offsprings of Šatai and Kaminskai families living in a countryside, falls in love with each other, however their love is disrupted by… a cow.

    This is a lyrical tragicomedy about memories of childhood, adolescence, and first love in a small provincial town, shown through complexity of human relations at this periodical film.Read More »

  • Robertas Verba – J. Mekas (1980)

    1971-1980DocumentaryLithuaniaRobertas VerbaShort Film

    La Cinémathèque française wrote:
    In 1977, accompanied by his wife and daughter, Jonas Mekas returned to Lithuania for the second time since he went into exile in 1944. Documentary filmmaker Robertas Verba records the images of the return to the homeland, the memory of which permeates Mekas’ cinema.

    Film digitised from a 35mm print by the Lithuanian Central State Archives in 2022 for the Lithuanian Film Centre.Read More »

  • Almantas Grikevicius – Ave, Vita! (1969)

    1961-1970Almantas GrikeviciusArthouseDramaLithuania

    This philosophical drama offers a psychological reflection of the post-war period. Caesar, a former Nazi concentration camp prisoner, sifts through his traumatic experiences. His memories materialize against the background of the new modern buildings of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and become even stronger when Caesar learns of the death of a friend and fellow traveler. Caesar’s daughter Veronica is a fervent young playwright seeking to immortalize her father’s experience on film. However, her attitude towards her father’s past is quite different from his own. Adopting a boldly non-linear narrative, AVE, VITA! takes the audience on a hallucinatory journey from the war years to the then-contemporary realities of the Soviet era.Read More »

  • Audrius Stonys – The Woman and the Glacier (2016) 

    2011-2020ArthouseAudrius StonysDocumentaryLithuania

    The Lithuanian scientist Ausra Revutaite has spent 30 years in the Tian Shan mountain range in Central Asia, straddling the borders between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang. Some 3,500 meters above sea level with only her faithful dog and gray cat for company, she studies climate change on the Tuyuksu Glacier at an old Soviet-era research station. She loves the solitude and silence that her painstaking work brings her. Magnificent shots of her surroundings and everyday work are interspersed with archive footage of the people who preceded her by a century. Not much seems to have changed.Read More »

  • Audrius Stonys – Skrajojimai melynam lauke AKA Flying Over the Blue Field (2001)

    2001-2010ArthouseAudrius StonysDocumentaryLithuania

    “After “Antigravitation” I wanted to make another step up, where the last prop under your actions disappears. “Flying Over the Blue Field” is a movie about loneliness in an infinite sky. Man stays with himself and a home-made plane, balancing on the perimeter between death and life.”Read More »

  • Laurynas Bareisa – Piligrimai AKA Pilgrims (2021)

    Drama2021-2030Laurynas BareisaLithuania

    Indre and Paulius travel to the small town where a gruesome crime was committed and they learn it is not as easy as expected to revisit the past.Read More »

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