FILMS

FESTIVAL PEARLS

The highlights of recent Lithuanian cinema. All feature films are acclaimed both nationally and internationally.

BREATHING INTO MARBLE /KVĖPAVIMAS Į MARMURĄ
Drama/Family, 97′, LT/LV/HR, 2018

Director: Giedrė Beinoriūtė
DOP: Audrius Kemežys
Editors: Armands Začs, Giedrė Beinoriūtė
Music Composer: Vestards Šimkus
Art Director: Algis Garbačiauskas
Producer: Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė
Production: Just a Moment, Mistrus Media, Aning Film
Contact: Just a Moment/www.justamoment.lt
Cast: Airida Gintautaitė, Sigitas Šidlauskas, Guna Zarina, Kristupas Cicėnas, Joris Baltrūnas, Vilius Minčinauskas

The lives of Izabelė, Liudas, and their son Gailius fundamentally change with the arrival of the adopted six-year-old Ilja. Based on the novel Breathing Into Marble by Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė.

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2018 – Best Supporting Actor (Joris Baltrūnas)
Film Fest Kosova – Best Screenplay and Best Actress

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MIRACLE/STEBUKLAS
Drama/Tragicomedy, 91′, LT/BL/PL, 2017

Director: Eglė Vertelytė
DOP: Emil Christov
Editor: Milenia Fiedler
Music Composer: Krzysztof A. Janczak
Sound Designers: Wojciech Mielimąka
Art Director: Ramūnas Rastauskas
Producers: Lukas Trimonis
Production: in SCRiPT, Geopoly, ORKA
Contact: WIDE/www.widemanagement.com
Cast: Eglė Mikulionytė, Vyto Ruginis, Andrius Bialobžeskis, Daniel Olbrychski

Lithuania 1992: Irena, the owner of a pig farm in a tiny town that is just shifting from communism to capitalism, finds herself close to bankruptcy. A handsome American seems to be the answer to all her prayers…

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2018 – Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Eglė Mikulionytė) and Best Supporting Actor (Joris Baltrūnas)
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018 – Best Lithuanian Actress (Eglė Mikulionytė)

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WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD/NUOSTABIEJI LŪZERIAI. KITA PLANETA
Documentary, 72′, LT/IT/CH/BE/LV/UK/IE/ES, 2017

Director: Arūnas Matelis
DOP: Mark Olexa, Andrius Kemežys, Ivars Zviedris, Arūnas Matelis, Simone Rivoire, Valdis Celmins, Giordano Bianchi, Giacomo Becherini, Paolo Beniti, Vincent O’Callaghan
Editors: Mirjam Jegorov, Gatis Belogrudovs
Music Composer: Alberto R. Lucendo
Sound Designer: Raf Enckels
Producers: Arūnas Matelis, Algimantė Matelienė
Production: Studio Nominum, Stefilm, DOK Mobile, Associate Directors, VFS Films, Dearcan Media, Planet Korda Pictures, SUICAFilms
Contact: Deckert Distributions/www.deckert-distribution.com

They’re called water carriers, domestics, gregarios, or Sancho Panzas of professional cycling, sacrificing their careers for their team leaders. Director Arūnas Matelis followed
these wonderful losers for seven years.

Awards:
Warsaw International Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary Award
Minsk International Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary Film and Audience Award
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2017
Trieste Film Festival 2018 – Best Documentary
Lithuanian Filmmakers Union Award 2017 – Best Lithuanian Film
Lithuanian National Film Award Silver Crane 2018 – Best Documentary, Best Music, People’s Choice Award

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SHORT FILM COMPETITION

A selection of the newest short films, created in the past two years. The best film will be complimented with the Audience Award at the end of the festival.

8 MINUTES/8 MINUTĖS
Drama, 12′, LT, 2016

Director: Dovilė Šarutytė
DOP: Eitvydas Doškus
Editor: Paulius Zavadskis
Music Composer: Vytautas Rasimavičius
Sound Designer: Saulius Urbonavičius
Producer: Migla Butkutė
Production/Contact: Nonsense TV/www.nonsense.tv
Cast: Gabrielė Tuminaitė, Edita Gončarova

A woman desires to escape reality. She can only afford 8 minutes. After that she has to go back to reality…

Awards:
European Film Forum Scanorama 2016 – Best Lithuanian Short Film

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ACID PIZZA/ACID PIZZA
Music Video/Road-Trip, 4′, LT, 2017

Director: Titas Sūdžius
DOP: Vydmantas Plepys
Music: MTJunker
Art Directors: Paulius Šeškas, Irmantas Kavaliauskas
Producer: Karolis Zajauskas
Contact: Titas GQ Sūdžius
Cast: Dovilė Didžiūnaitytė, Marius Ulozevičius, Kasparas Sipavičius, Gabrielle Gutt, Marius Smalinskas, Marat Musichin, Aleksandras Šulženko

A father and his son go out to get their pizza at any cost. A music video by MTJunker.

Awards:
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018 – Jury Prize “Most Unique Vision in Music Video”, Audience Award “Best Music Video”

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BY THE POOL/PIRTIS
Drama/Coming-of-Age, 16′, LT, 2017

Director: Laurynas Bareiša
DOP: Narvydas Naujalis
Music Composer: Karolis Vyšniauskas
Sound Designers: Julius Grigelionis
Art Director: Sigita Šimkūnaitė
Producer: Klementina Remeikaitė
Production/Contact: Afterschool/www.aftschool.lt
Cast: Karolina Kildaitė, Kamilė Maksvytytė, Mantas Šalkauskas, Danas Kavaliauskas, Paulius Markevičius, Jolanta Dapkūnaitė

A group of teenagers rent a sauna for a party: dancing, singing, and drinking. When the housekeepers come to clean the place they find a girl who tries to find a button of her ripped up trousers.

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2018 – Best Short Film
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018 – Best Short Film

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HOLY ROUTINE/ŠVENTA RUTINA
Documentary/Animation, 11′, LT, 2017

Director: Pijus Čeikauskas
DOP: Audrius Zelenius
Sound Designer: Ignas Mateika
Producer: Dali Rust
Production: Vilnius Academy of Arts
Contact: Pijus Čeikauskas/www.pijinas.com

Vilnius’ oldest district is surrounded by skyscrapers. The elements that shape this location reveal “A Holy Routine” from religious ceremonies to construction rites.

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HOME (WHEN I’M WITH YOU)/HOME (WHEN I’M WITH YOU)
Music Video/Drama, 6′, LT, 2017

Director: Justas Ramanauskas
DOP: Rokas Šydeikis
Editor: Jonė Zakaraitė
Music: Wolfsome
Sound Designers: Viktoras Vaupšas
Art Director: Greta Vileikytė
Producer: Dagnė Puodžiūnaitė
Cast: Donatas Stakėnas, Dalia Morozovaitė, Wolfsome, Lukas Rimkevičius, Benas Muntrimas, Martynas Krasnovas, Gytis Čapkauskas

A story about a young man who finds himself at a new home.
A music video by Wolfsome.

Awards:
KlipVid 2018 – Debut of the Year
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018 – Best Lithuanian Music Video
Riga International Film Festival 2018 – Baltic Music Video Competition

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IQ DOCTOR/IQ DAKTARAS
Music Video/Sci-Fi, 3′, LT, 2017

Director: Andrius Paškevičius
Idea/Cast: Mesijus (Žygimantas Kudirka)
DOP: Algirdas Vaičaitis
Music: Vilniaus Energija
Art Director: Asta Ostrovskaja
Producer: Paulius Baltramiejūnas
Production/Contact: Fake It/www.fakeit.lt

Lithuanian avantgarde rap-poet Mesijus chants about an alternative universe, where a Labrat wants to defeat his enemy – the IQ Doctor.
A music video by Vilniaus Energija.

Awards:
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018 – Music Video Debut of the Year

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LAST STOP IS THE MOON/PASKUTINĖ STOTELĖ – MĖNULIS
Puppet Animation, 9′, LT/PL, 2017

Director: Birutė Sodeikaitė
DOP: Emil Kalus
Editor: Mikas Žukauskas
Music Composer: Ramūnas Motiekaitis
Sound Designer: Monika Kosmauskaitė
Art Director: Adam Wyrwas
Producers: Justyna Rucińska, Anna Mroczek, Agnė Adomėnė, Wojciech Leszczyński
Production: Art Shot, Likaon
Contact: Art Shot/www.artshot.lt

A girl grows tired of dealing with her illness. Imagining it as a Lion and herself as a Unicorn, she goes through the different stages of acceptance.

Award:
Krakow Film Festival 2017 – Animated in Poland Award/Sound Mind Award

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MONO NO AWARE/MONO NO AWARE
Animation, 6′, LT, 2017

Director/Editor/Contact: Emilija Juzeliūnaitė
Sound Designer: Kipras Čėsna
Art Director: Jonė Grubytė
Producers: Emilija Juzeliūnaitė, Eglė Mameniškytė
Production: VDA

A story about three people experiencing their fragility in the flow of time.

Awards:
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018 – Best Student Film

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MY BIRTH/GIMIMAS
Animation, 3′, LT, 2017

Director/Editor/Producer/Contact: Eglė Mameniškytė
DOP: Klementas Leonas Davidavičius
Music Composer/Sound Designer: Dominyka Adomaitytė
Production: VDA

A confrontation with the fear of nocturnal forests, its dwellers and deep darkness.

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SIGIS/SIGIS
Drama/Fantasy, 20′, LT, 2016

Director: Tomas Gvozdas
Screenwriter: Irena Kunevičiūtė
DOP: Mindaugas Docaitis
Editor: Ričardas Matačius
Music Composer: Justina Šikšnelytė
Sound Designer: Mindaugas Šmėga
Producers: Laura Ūsaitė, Aivaras Šidla
Production: Film Jam, LMTA
Contact: Film Jam/www.filmjam.eu
Cast: Jurgis Marčėnas, Giedrė Giedraitytė, Rytis Saladžius, Aleksandras Mazasmel

Sigis is stuck in his daily routine. As he wishes for a change he gets everything he was longing for… just slightly different than he expected.

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SNAKE/GYVATĖ
Relationship Drama/Comedy, 17′, LT, 2017

Director/Screenwriter/Editor/Music Composer: Titas Laucius
DOP: Laurynas Bareiša
Sound Designer: Iveta Macevičiūtė
Art Director: Justė Vazgytė
Producer: Klementina Remeikaitė
Production: Afterschool, LMTA
Contact: Afterschool/www.aftschool.lt
Cast: Gelminė Glemžaitė, Valentinas Novapolskis, Valerijus Javsejevas, Aldona Vilutytė

Eimantas and Miglė move in together. When Eimantas notices a snake in the toilet the atmosphere between the couple starts to change, turning into paranoia – and into a real test to the young relationship.

Awards:
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018 – Student Film Award Perspective Student Director, Audience Award Best Lithuanian Actor (Valentinas Novapolskis)
New Directors New Films Festival 2018 – Cineuropa Audience Award

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SO…BYE/TAI…IKI
Drama/Coming-of-Age/Romance, 11’, LT, 2018

Director: Paulius Stankevičius
DOP/Contact: Lina Margaitytė
Sound Designer: Vilius Erminas
Producers: Roberta Balčiūtė, Martynas Budrys
Production: LMTA
Cast: Saulė Sakalauskaitė, Povilas Jatkevičius

After a party, Saulius offers Benita to walk her back home. The perfect date situation becomes a fight with their own shyness.

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STILL WATER/STOVINTIS VANDUO
Drama, 16′, LT, 2018

Director/Screenwriter/Editor/Contact: Dagnė Gumbrevičiūtė
DOP: Zbigniev Bartoševič
Sound Designer: Augustė Vickūnaitė
Producers: Dagnė Gumbrevičiutė, Vaiva Martišauskaitė
Cast: Ainis Storpirštis, Emilija Latėnaitė-Beliauskienė, Arvydas Stakulis, Tadas Matukas

A couple arrives at a remote lake, which is full of memories for the woman. While she tries to cope with a past loss, her partner finds someone in danger.

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SYNDROMES OF MIMICRY/MIMIKRIJA IR JOS SINDROMAI
Satire/Experimental, 18′, LT/NL, 2017

Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Contact: Anastasija Piroženko
DOP: Edgaras Kordiukovas
Editor: Stella van Voorst van Beest
Music Composer: Matteo Canetta
Sound Designer: Ronnie van der Veer
Cast: Dainius Juzva, Darius Saženis, Toye Samson Abiodun, Rimas Morkūnas, Laima Užurkaitė, Denis Senin, Aleksandras Aniukštis

While Lithuania becomes the “brightest” new EU member, its citizens continue to follow their mundane routines. Where once there was enthusiasm only apathy remains.

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THE DAYTIME IS NOT FOR ME/DIENA MAN NE
Documentary/Drama, 19′, LT, 2017

Director/Scriptwriter/Producer/Contact: Akvilė Žilionytė
DOP/Editor/Sound Designer: Vytautas Gradeckas
Production: LMTA

A winter night in the largest Roma settlement in Lithuania. People go out and socialize or stay at home and try to solve their problems. Just like sisters Zita and Liuba.

THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL/PASKUTINIS SKAMBUTIS
Drama/Coming-of-Age, 27’, LT, 2018

Director: Gabrielė Urbonaitė
Screenwriters: Gabrielė Urbonaitė, Tomas Vengris
DOP: Saulius Lukoševičius
Music Composer: Snorre Bergerud
Sound Designer: Iveta Macevičiūtė
Art Director: Justė Urbonavičiūtė
Producers: Justinas Piliponis, Ieva Norvilienė
Production: Tremora, Pilou Films
Cast: Lukas Auksoraitis, Karolina Kildaitė, Šarūnas Zenkevičius, Sonata Visockaitė, Simas
Vėgelis

On the last day of school, Edgaras is tempted to go on an illegal cigarette run to Belarus one last time to afford a better life.

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THE LAST DAY/PASKUTINĖ DIENA
Drama/Sci-Fi, 23′, LT, 2017

Director/ Screenwriter: Klaudija Matvejevaitė
DOP: Odeta Riškutė
Editors: Urtė Aškelovičiūtė, Klaudija Matvejevaitė
Sound Designer: Paulius Ivanauskas
Art Director: Paulina Ružauskaitė
Producers: Veronika Cicėnaitė, Urtė Aškelovičiūtė
Production: LMTA
Contact: Urtė Aškelovičiūtė
Cast: Inga Maškarina, Vidmantas Fijalkauskas, Kasparas Varanavičius, Roberta Sirgedaitė

In a neat little suburb of Vilnius everything is normal, except for one thing – all residents know when they are going to die. Today it’s fourteen-year-old Igoris’ turn.

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2018 – Best Student Film
European Film Forum Scanorama 2017 – Best Baltic Short Film, Best Lithuanian Short Film
Rome Independent Prisma Awards 2018 – Best Cinematography (Odeta Riškutė), Best Director (Klaudija Matvejevaitė), Best Supporting Actress (Inga Maškarina)
Vilnius International Short Film Festival 2017 – Audience Award

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THE MOTHER’S DAY/MOTINOS DIENA
Drama/Family, 13′, LT, 2017

Director: Kamilė Milašiūtė
Screenwriters: Teklė Kavtaradzė, Kamilė Milašiūtė
DOP: Narvydas Naujalis
Editor: Laurynas Bareiša
Music Composer: Mantvydas Pranulis
Sound Designers: Ignas Mateika, Kazimieras Čejauskas
Art Director: Sigita Šimkūnaitė
Producers: Marija Fridinovaitė, Marija Razgutė
Production/Contact: m-films/www.m-films.lt
Cast: Arūnas Sakalauskas, Rokas Tarulis, Eldaras Gasymov, Gabija Jaraminaitė, Jolanta Dapkūnaitė

On mother’s day, sixteen-year-old Nerka and his friends traditionally steal flowers for their mothers. Although Nerka and his mother have been living separately for one year, Nerka is determined to find her.

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THERE WILL BE MORE SPRINGS TO COME/PAVASARIŲ DAR BUS
Documentary, 27′, LT, 2018

Director/DOP/Producer/Contact: Neringa Starkevičiūtė
Music Composer: Kristijonas Ribaitis
Sound Designer: Brigita Jakonytė
Production: LMTA

The cycle of strawberry picking becomes a metaphor of the temporariness of human life. The mesmerizing yearly cycle, shot over five years, reveals the changing affairs of Lithuania.

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VYTIS/VYTIS
Documentary, 16′, LT, 2017

Director/Screenwriter/DOP/Editor/Sound Designer/Producer/Contact: Jevgenij Tichonov
Music Composer: Vytis Dineika
Production: LMTA

Vytis finds himself in rehab. Now, he is able to put together the pieces of his life – but everything comes down to a simple choice.

Awards:
BEAST International Film Festival 2018 – Jury Mention
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018 – Jury Mention (East Doc Section)

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YANA/YANA
Drama, 30′, LT, 2017

Director: Saulė Bliuvaitė
DOP: Linas Žiūra
Editor: Saulė Bliuvaitė, Ignė Narbutaitė
Music Composers: Domas Strupinskas, Ernestas Kaušylas
Sound Designer: Iveta Macevičiūtė
Art Director: Justė Važgytė
Producer/Contact: Vitalijus Gylys
Production: LMTA
Cast: Justina Nemanytė, Vilma Raubaitė, Dainius Gavenonis, Rasa Samuolytė, Mantas Zemleckas, Vygandas Vadeiša, Sofiya Osipovna

Yana is a young woman who seeks spiritual connection in controversial ways. When she sleeps with her sister’s husband she must face the consequences.

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BALTIC KIDS ANIMATIONS

A joint film program of all three Baltic states, designed for the youngest audience of the festival.

CAT IN THE BAG/KAĶIS MAISĀ
Stop-Motion/Animation, 7’, LV/EE, 2013

Director: Nils Skapāns
DOP: Valdis Celmiņš
Editor: Andris Grants
Music Composer: Edgars Mākens
Sound Designer: Ernests Ansons
Producer: Roberts Vinovskis
Production: Locomotive Productions, Jarve Studio
Contact: Locomotive Productions/

The little naughty cat is playing happily at home till one day, her life changes, and she is left with no choice but finding new friends.

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MIRIAM AT THE LAKE/MIRIAM JÄRVE ÄÄRES
Animation, 5′, EE, 2017

D: Riho Unt, Sergei Kibus
Screenwriter: Leelo Tungal, Peep Pedmanson
DOP: Sergei Kibus
Music Composer: Tiit Kikas
Sound Designers: Tiina Andreas, Aleksandra Koel, Liisa Taul
Art Director: Ivika Luisk
Producer: Kerdi Kuusik-Oengo
Production/Contact: Nukufilm/www.nukufilm.ee

The entire family makes a trip to the lake. While everybody is asleep, Hen takes a walk outside and hears and sees a lot of frightening things.

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MIRIAM’S STRAY DOG/MIRIAMI KODUTU KOER
Animation, 5′, EE, 2015

Director: Andres Tenusaar
Screenwriter: Leelo Tungal, Peep Pedmanson
DOP: Ragnar Neljandi
Music Composer: Tiit Kikas
Sound Designers: Tiina Andreas, Sven Sosnitski, Juri Vagner
Art Director: Ivika Luisk
Producers: Kerdi Kuusik-Oengo, Andrus Raudsalu
Production/Contact: Nukufilm/www.nukufilm.ee

Miriam and her family are building a snowman, watched by a stray dog. The children bring the dog in, but Hen does not share the joy of all others.

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OO!/LOOK!
Animation/Ecology, 4′, LT, 2017

Director: Meinardas Valkevičius
Screenwriters: Meinart team
DOP: Sigitas Mikūta, Rimantas Laskauskas
Music Composers/Sound Designers: Robertas Maliauka, Andrius Račinskas, Aistė Subačienė, Regina Gedgaudaitė
Art Director: Eglė Palubeckytė
Producers: Akvilė Bliujūtė, Meinardas Valkevičius
Production/Contact: Meinart Animation/www.meinart.lt

Human activity does not always have a positive effect on our planet – as the interaction between humans and animals show.

Awards (selection):
Creation International Film Festival 2018 – Best Children’s Short
Mindfield Film Festival 2018 – Best Animation Short
Southern Shorts Awards 2018 – Best Animation
Med Film Festival 2018 – Best Animation
TimeLine Film Festival 2018
Pinnacle Film Awards 2018

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THE CARROT OF THE THEATRE/TEATRIPORGAND
Animation, 6′, EE, 2006

Director: Pärtel Tall
Screenwriter: Pärtel Tall/Peep Pedmanson
DOP: Ragnar Neljandi
Editor: Pärtel Tall, Priit Tender
Music Composer: Tiit Kikas
Sound Designer: Avo Ulvik
Producer: Arvo Nuut
Production/Contact: Nukufilm/www.nukufilm.ee

A Snowman with a carrot nose is on the run from the hungry hare. In the whirl of the pursuit both occur on a theatre stage to have the performance of a lifetime.

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THE LITTLE BOAT/LAIVELIS
Animation/Lullaby, 4′, LT, 2017

Director: Giedrė Narušytė Boots
Screenwriter: Giedrė Narušytė Boots, Rasa Miškinytė
DOP: Rasa Miškinytė
Music Composer: Céline Ottenburgh
Producer: Rasa Miškinytė
Production: Era Film, KASK
Contact: Era Film/www.erafilm.lt

A little kitten falls asleep. In its dream, stars appear on the walls and the floor turns into an ocean with sailors on the deck of a little shoe.

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TOWER/TORNIS
Animation, 8’, LV, 2015

Director: Jānis Cimmermanis
Screenwriter/Art Director/Producer: Māris Putniņš
DOP: Ēvalds Lācis
Editor: Ēvalds Lācis, Jānis Cimmermanis
Music Composer: Mārtiņš Brauns
Sound Designer: Anrijs Krenbergs
Production/Contact: Animācijas Brigāde/www.animacijasbrigade.jimdo.com

Tourists visit Pisa and its crooked tower. As it suddenly begins to teeter the frightened group tries to hold it up. As the Rescue Team sees this on TV it rushes to help.

Awards:
Great Christopher Award 2015 – Best Animated Feature Film

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TUTU FUNNYTOOTH/TUUTU NALJAHAMMAS
Animation, 8′, EE, 2011

Director: Mattias Mälk
Music Composer: Mait Jüriado
Sound Designer: Film Audio
Producers/Supervisors: Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn, Ülo Pikkov
Production/Contact: Estonian Academy of Arts/www.artun.ee

Tutu, an elderly clown with only one tooth, is throwing his 90th birthday party. But unforeseen events not only put Tutu’s party in danger…

WAIKIKI/VAIKIKI
Animation, 10′, LV, 2017

Director: Māris Brinkmanis
Screenwriter/Producer: Māris Putniņš
DOP: Ēvalds Lācis
Editors: Māris Brinkmanis, Ēvalds Lācis
Music Composer: Goran Gora
Sound Designer: Normunds Deinats
Production/Contact: Animācijas Brigāde/www.animacijasbrigade.jimdo.com

Evening time at a pastry shop. The Cocoa-Bean-Boy meets the White-Meringue-Girl. Despite being from “different shelves” they go on an adventure through the cake rack.

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WOODS/MIŠKAS
Stop-Motion Animation/Fantasy, 12’, LT, 2015

Director: Ingas Meilūnas
DOP: Simonas Glinskis
Production Designer: Antanas Dubra
Sound Designer: Julius Girgelionis
Composer: Vytautas Leistrumas
Producer: Kristina Ramanauskaitė, Ingrida Kolytė-Stašinskė, Ignas Meilūnas, Ramojus Petrauskas, Aurimas Pukevičius
Production: WRKS, Čiobreliai
Contact: Kristina Ramanauskaitė
Actor: Norvydas Birulis

For his collection a hermit scientist seeks to catch a mythical creature from the forest and glows in the dark. He constructs a trap but soon gets into trouble himself.

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2015 – Best Animation
Ekofilm Festival 2016 – Grand Prix Award

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BALTIC MIDNIGHT SHORTS

A film treat for the mature audiences of the festival. A three-hour collection of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian short films. During an intermission national treats will be served.

CHRISTMAS MYSTERY/JÕULUMÜSTEERIUM
Tragicomedy, 20′, EE, 2017

Director: Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik
DOP: Mihkel Soe
Editor: Andres Maimik, Helis Hirve
Sound Designer: Sven Sosnitski
Art Director: Katrin Sipelgas
Producer: Maario Masing
Production/Contact: Kuukulgur Film/www.kuukulgur.ee
Cast: Maria Avdjushko, Markus Habakukk

Student Jass earns extra money by playing Santa Claus. Behind one door he encounters a woman who pulls him into weird games the polite youngster can’t reject.

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LOST IN SNOW/ZUDUŠI SNIEGĀ
Animation/Drama, 8′, LV, 2007

Director: Vladimir Leschiov
Editor: Renārs Vilkaušs
Music Composer: Normand Roger
Producer: Inga Prauliņa
Production: Jet Media, AniMera AB
Contact: Jet Media

In winter some people go ice fishing. Excitement intensified by freezing temperatures and strong drinks lead to unpredictable consequences.

Awards:
Anifest Animation Festival 2007 – Best Short Animated Film
New York Animation Block Party 2007 – Best in Show Award
Great Christopher Award 2007 – Best Latvian Animation Director
Balkanima European Animated Film Festival – Best Film
Animateka International Film Festival 2007 – Special Mention
Cambrils-Reus European Short Film Festival 2008 – Jury Special Mention
Laputa International Animation Festival 2008 – Grand Prix
Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2008 – Special Prize

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MESMERIZED/NÕIUTUD
Ethno-Mystery, 20′, EE, 2017

Director: Maria Avdjushko
DOP: Ants Tammik
Editor: Sander-Kalle Somma
Music Composer: Tõnu Kõrvits
Sound Designers: Henri Kuus, Horret Kuus
Art Director: Carolin Saan
Producers: Andres Maimik, Maario Masing
Production: Kuukulgur Film, Ugri Film
Contact: Kuukulgur Film/www.kuukulgur.ee
Cast: Ester Kuntu, Margus Prangel, Piret Kalda, Adele Taska, Bert Raudsep

On a family trip middle-aged Rainar discovers that they forgot their food. Eager to solve this, he visits a house in a forest and meets mysterious Liina.

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NISSAN PATROL/NISSAN PATROL
Drama, 13′, EE, 2018

Director: Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik
DOP: Mihkel Soe
Editor: Andres Maimik
Music Composers: Sten Sheripov, Hanna Liisa Uusmaa
Sound Designer: Kristjan Kurm
Art Director: Adele Thele Robam
Producer: Andres Maimik
Production/Contact: Kuukulgur Film/www.kuukulgur.ee
Cast: Lauli Otsar, Ott Raidmets

Art student Jane hitchhikes on a secluded road and is picked up by a man in a SUV. The young man behind the wheel misunderstands the girl’s carefree behavior…

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SEVEN AWKWARD SEX SCENES. PART ONE/SEPTIŅAS NEVEIKLA SEKSA REIZES. PIRMĀ DAĻA
Mockumentary, 25′, LV, 2016

Director: Liene Linde
DOP: Dainis Juraga
Editor: Armands Začs, Liene Linde
Music Composer: Juris Simanovičs
Sound Designers: Ilvars Veģis, Edgars Doma
Producer: Daiga Livčāne
Production/Contact: LKA/www.lka.edu.lv
Cast: Inga Tropa, Liene Linde, Jurijs Djakonovs, Klāvs Mellis, Toms Liepājnieks

A young film director shoots her first film based on her own sexual experience. The re-enactment of the awkward sex scenes intermix with the awkwardness of a low-budget film production.

Awards:
Super 8000 International Film Festival 2017 – Rethink Award
Great Christopher Award 2017 – Best Student Film
BEAST International Film festival 2018 – Best Film

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SQUIRREL/VOVERAITĖ
Drama, 7′, US/GR, 2014

Director: Tomas Vengris
Screenwriters: Emma Doxiadi, Tomas Vengris
DOP: Anthony Konce
Editors: Stephen Salisbury, Tomas Vengris
Sound Designer: Will Patterson
Producers: Tomas Vengris, Emma Doxiadi
Production: Faliro House Productions
Cast: Emma Doxiadi, Stephen Nathaniel Jean, Andrius Morrison

A young girl’s poetic contemplation of her budding sexuality reveals a dark psychological journey about love, sex, and manipulation.

STRAWBERRY EATERS/MAASIKAÕGIJAD
Animation/Family Drama, 15′, EE, 2018

Director: Mattias Mälk
Music Composer: Liina Sumera
Sound Designer: Horret Kuus
Art Director: Martinus Daane Klemet
Producer: Kalev Tamm
Production/Contact: Eesti Joonisfilm/www.joonisfilm.ee

Snails destroy the field of a strawberry farmer’s couple, forcing them to move to the city. When the woman expects a child, the paranoid man suspects the snails behind that too.

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TEAT BEAT OF SEX/TEAT BEAT OF SEX
Animation/Tutorial, 4′, LV, 2007

Director/DOP/Editor/Contact: Signe Baumane
Music Composer: Andris Barons
Sound Designer: Greg Sextro
Producer: Pierre Poire

Three episodes on sex exclusively from a woman’s point of view, addressing various aspects of intimacy.

Next by Signe Baumane – My Love Affair With Marriage
www.MyLoveAffairWithMarriageMovie.com

Awards (selection):
ASIFA-East Festival 2007 – Special Award
Ottawa International Animation Festival 2007 – Honorable Mention
Woodstock Film Festival 2007 – Honorable Mention
Darryl’s Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival 2007 – Fez d’Or Award
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2007 – Honorable Mention

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THE KIOSK/KIOSKS
Animation/Drama, 7′, LV, 2013

Director: Anete Melece
Editor: Fee Liechti
Music Composer: Ephrem Lüchinger
Sound Designers: Christof Steinmann
Producer: Saskia von Virág
Production: Virage Film, Swiss Television, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Contact: Interfilm Berlin/www.interfilm.de

For years the kiosk has been Olga’s home as she had gotten too big to exit. An absurd incident allows her to move forward towards a long dreamed journey.

Awards (selection):
Swiss Film Award Quartz 2014 – Best Animation
International Animated Film Festival 2014 – Best Student Film
Seoul International Animated Film Festival 2014 – Jury Special Prize
Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts 2014 – Best Animation Film
Lisboa Animated Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award
Tricky Women Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award
Central and Eastern European Film Festival 2013 – Audience Award
Riga International Short Film Festival 2013 – Best Latvian Short
Baden International Animation Film Festival 2013 – Audience Award

Trailer and Website

THE LAST DAY OF THE HONEYMOON/PASKUTINĖ MEDAUS MĖNESIO DIENA
Comedy/Relationship-Drama, 30′, LT, 2011

Director: Rokas Eltermanas
DOP: Eitvydas Doškus
Editor: Gintarė Sokelytė
Sound Designers:
Art Director:
Producer: Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė
Production/Contact: Just a Moment/www.justamoment.lt
Cast: Miglė Polikevičiūtė, Vainius Sodeika, Rimvydas Ambrazevičius

On the way back from their honeymoon a young couple finds itself in many unexpected situations, which they can only escape if they really love each other.

Awards:
/Lithuanian Star 2012 – Best Lithuanian Film

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THE ROOTS ARE BITTER/ŠAKNYS KARČIOS
Comedy/Relationship Drama, 18′, LT, 2016

Director: Domas Petronis
DOP: Zbigniev Bartoševič
Music Composer: Ariel Pink
Sound Designers: Gabrielė Griciūtė, Neringa Raudoniūtė
Art Director: Dravis Kavaliauskas
Producers: Giedrė Burokaitė, Paulius Michalovskis
Production: LMTA
Contact: Giedrė Burokaitė
Cast: Justina Nemanytė, Darius Meškauskas, Giedrius Kiela

A couple is desperately trying to conceive a baby but Vytas is infertile. Their methods to solve this get too bizarre, revealing deep relationship issues.

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VISITING GOD/SVEČIUOSE PAS DIEVĄ
Drama/Mystery, 24′, LT, 2018

Director: Laura Tamošiūnaitė-Šakalienė
Screenwriter: Artūras Voiničius
DOP: Laurynas Lukoševičius, Zbigniev Bartoševič
Editors: Tomas Rugys, Laura Tamošiūnaitė-Šakalienė
Sound Designer: Paulius Bučius
Art Director: Vladas Dautartas
Producers: Pavel Michalovski, Laura Tamošiūnaitė-Šakalienė, Andrėja Čebatavičiūtė
Production: LMTA
Contact: Pavel Michalovski
Cast: Šarūnas Puidokas, Vygandas Vadeiša, Dovilė Šilkaitytė, Salvijus Trepulis, Linas Mikuta

After yesterday’s bender, an enthusiastic boozer claims to his friend that he is not Kolka, but God.

RETROSPECTIVE

A showcase of Lithuanian classics, presenting the roots of contemporary Lithuanian cinema.

CHILDREN FROM THE HOTEL “AMERICA”/VAIKAI IŠ “AMERIKOS” VIEŠBUČIO
Drama/Coming-of-Age, 89′, LT, 1990

Director: Raimundas Banionis
Screenwriter: Maciejus Drygas
DOP: Jonas Tomašiavičius
Editor: Vanda Survilienė
Music Composer: Faustas Latėnas
Sound Designer: Romualdas Fedaravičius
Production: Lithuanian Film Studio
Contact: Lithuanian Film Center/www.lkc.lt
Cast: Augustas Šavelis, Gabija Jaraminaitė, Jūratė Onaitytė, Jurga Kasčiukaitė, Gediminas Karka, Linas Paugis, Rolandas Kazlas, Arūnas Sakalauskas

Rock ’n’ roll is banned in the USSR. Nevertheless, a group of teenagers secretly listen to it on the Luxembourg radio. They all live in a house – the former hotel “America”. As they attempt to send a letter to the radio requesting their favorite Rolling Stone’s song, they become suspects of the KGB.

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FLIGHT OVER THE ATLANTIC/SKRYDIS PER ATLANTĄ
Drama, 100′, LT, 1983

Director: Raimondas Vabalas
Screenwriter: Raimondas Vabalas, Juozas Glinskis
DOP: Jonas Tomaševičius
Music Composer: Bronius Kutavičius
Production: Lithuanian Film Studio
Contact: Lithuanian Film/www.lfc.lt
Cast: Remigijus Sabulis, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Regimantas Adomaitis, Eugenija Bajorytė, Juozas Budraitis, Povilas Gaidys, Gediminas Girdvainis

On 15 July 1933 the small single-engine plane Lituanica controlled by Lithuanian pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas takes off for a legendary transatlantic flight from New York to Kaunas. The most popular film in the history of Lithuanian cinema.

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