• 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 »

  • Mantas Kvedaravicius – Mariupolis [Cut] (2016)

    2011-2020DocumentaryLithuaniaMantas KvedaraviciusWar

    A man repairs his shing net and goes out to the bridge. Two trams run into each other – nobody is hurt and cables are xed the same day. A small concert is given for factory workers and the sincere performance of a violinist makes them cry. Bombs fall into the sea, no one notices.Read More »

  • Pawel Debski & Anne Magnussen – The Man Who Knew 75 Languages (2016)

    2011-2020AnimationAnne MagnussenDramaLithuaniaPawel Debski

    The producers wrote:
    This film is about the remarkable life of a poor priest’s son, Georg Julius Justus Sauerwein (born 1831 in Hanover, died 1904 in Christiania/Oslo), and his lifelong love for Princess Elisabeth of Wied, later Queen of Romania.

    As a young man, he was invited to the court to be her tutor, and helped her develop her artistic gifts immensely as such. Their friendship, along with his increased affection for her, could not be tolerated, and he was banished from the royal court.
    Pining for Elisabeth, he put all his energy into fighting for minorities and their right to speak their native languages. In his day, he was the most vilified person in the German press, seen as a traitor to the German empire. Elisabeth later became the first Queen of Romania. Georg and Elisabeth stayed in touch by sending each other letters, books and articles.Read More »

  • Arunas Zebriunas – Velnio nuotaka AKA The Devil’s Bride (1974)

    1971-1980Arunas ZebriunasDramaLithuaniaMusical

    “This is one of the most successful and unique Lithuanian films. By choosing the form of a musical or a rock opera the author remained in touch with the book, but at the same time created an original work of cinematography. Vivid and expressive although boldly modernised spectacle driven by catchy music composed by Ganelinas was made in a funny and relaxed manner. The Devil’s Bride is busting the myth about the grim nature of the Lithuanians. It strikes with cheerful dynamics and remains an exclusive example of Lithuanian cinematography.” Film critic Saulius MacaitisRead More »

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