Lithuanian films at Berlinale explores human rights violations in Belarus


Kadras is filmo Igrushki

Two Lithuanian documentaries will open the curtain to the unknown daily life of Belarus at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin.

Lina Luzyte, the director of a documentary “Igrushki”, explores the life of one small town in the country that Western journalists hardly ever get into, while Robert Denis and Mark Byrne dive into the murky waters of the dodgy politics of this Lithuanian neighbour. Their film “Пoд колпаком – Under the Hood” is a co-production of Lithuanian and Irish filmmakers.

Kadras is filmo Stebimi
Shot of the film “Пoд колпаком – Under the Hood”

“Lithuanian directors bravely observe and judge the environment, they are not afraid to provoke, do not shun from the controversial topics or those topics that are sometimes considered a taboo. All seven Lithuanian films presented in Berlin’s film market are unique and distinctive“, says Rolandas Kvietkauskas, the Head of the Lithuanian Film Centre.

Apart from two documentaries about life in Belarus, Lithuanian line-up at Berlinale EFM 2013 includes two other documentaries and three feature films.

Documentary director Giedre Beinoriute will participate in EFM for the second year in a row. In her new film “Conversations on Serious Topics” she interviews children and teenagers who have an honest answer to every single question about the world around them – sometimes melancholic, sometimes comic or dramatic.

Kadras is filmo Pokalbiai rimtomis temomis
Shot of the film “Conversations on Serious Topics”

The debut documentary “Father” (dir. Marat Sargsyan) tells the story of one of the most famous criminals of the Soviet Union who became a father for the 11th time at the age of 71.

Kadras is filmo Tevas
Shot of the film “Father”

A sci-fi drama “Vanishing Waves” (dir. Kristina Buozyte) tells a story of a futuristic scientific experiment, in which main character Lukas explores the mind of comatose woman. The movie won the “Jury Special Mention” at the 47th Karlovy Vary Film festival, became the best European sci-fi film at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival in Spain, was successfully travelling around other film festivals across the world and just had a national premier.

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Shot of the film “Vanishing Waves”

Maris Martinsons will present his provoking Christmas Eve drama “Christmas. Uncensored”. The film was already screened in Baltic Event market and had a warm welcome in cinemas across Lithuania.

Kadras is filmo Tyli naktis
Shot of the film “Christmas. Uncensored”

Young filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas, who had his previous short film presented in Berlinale Panorama in 2011, is coming back to Berlin with his début feature film “We Will Riot”. The film tells a story of a black DJ Luke who unexpectedly finds out about a secret his wealthy parents had been keeping away from him – his grandmother is from Lithuania.

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Shot of the film “We Will Riot”

Lithuania will also have a national stand that will present the latest films from the country, possible shooting locations and serve as a venue for meetings of the industry‘s professionals. Formal and informal events will take place at the stand.

Visit “Lithuanian Films“ stand No. 124 at the EFM in Marriott Hotel.

Lithuanian films at Berlinale 2013 EFM:

  • “Vanishing Waves“ (dir. Kristina Buozyte), February 7, 11.00 am, at CinemaxX 19
  • “Under the Hood“ (dir. Mark Byrne and Rob Dennis), February 9, 3.00 pm, at Marriott 1
  • “We Will Riot“ (dir. Romanas Zabarauskas), February 11, 2.30 pm, at CinemaxX 12
  • “Christmas. Uncensored“ (dir. Maris Martinsons), February 11, 4.30 pm, at Dffb-Kino
  • “Father“ (dir. Marat Sargsyan), February 13, 9.30 am, at CinemaxX 12
  • “Igrushki“ (dir. Lina Luzyte), February 13, 10.45 am, at CinemaxX 12
  • “Conversations on Serious Topics” (dir. Giedre Beinoriute), February 13, 11.50 am, at CinemaxX12