As of beginning of this week, Fralita Films production office is buzzing with excitement: the prep works for a new Lithuanian full-feature drama „Sangaile“, which has been partly supported by Lithuanian Film Centre, have begun. At the moment, the creative team is casting the lead actors and making final approvals on the production crew.
„Sangaile“ will be directed by Lithuanian born artist Alante Kavaite. She has been living and filming in France for over twenty years. Her career in cinema started with a leading role of Beatrice in Raimundas Banionis feature film „Jazz“ – Alante was eighteen at the time. She later proceeded with studying visual arts at Avignon‘s National Fine Arts School and Paris‘ Beaux Arts School, and devoted her life to writing and directing.
Alante Kavaite‘s directorial full-feature debut was a mystical drama „Ecoute le Temps“ starring Emilie Dequenne. It had a theatrical release in France and England in 2007, and has travelled around over twenty international film festivals including Karlovy Vary “Variety critic’s choice” and international Santa Barbara Film Festival, where it was awarded for Golden Vision.
„I only came back to Lithuania two weeks ago – says Alante, – but I am already head over heels in prep work. I enjoy collaborating with Lithuanian crew again, and the local youth is a big inspiration for the story I am trying to tell. I myself left Lithuania while being a teenager, so returning to film a teen drama has a very symbolic meaning for me.“
„Sangaile“ is a story of a young girl whose biggest dream is to become an aerial acrobatics pilot. But she can‘t achieve it unless she overcomes her fear of heights and lack of confidence. For Sangaile, that seems to be impossible – until one day she meets charismatic and enthralling Auste, the antipode of herself. The drama is a co-production between Fralita Films and a French partner Les Films d‘Antoine. All crew members are Lithuanian except the director of photography, Dominique Colin. Dominique has shot over 30 feature films so far, and is a long-term creative collaborator of Alante. He has also shot with Gaspar Noe, Cedric Klapisch, Marina De Van and other widely renown directors.
„We‘re very happy to have such a talented artist back, – shares producer Zivile Gallego. – We have been working on „Sangaile“ for two years already and received the support of MEDIA development, so we‘re very excited to finally get the pre-production going. The scenes of aerial acrobatics are what I‘m anticipating the most – it will be a unique visual element in the history of Lithuanian cinema“.
The beginning of the shoot is scheduled for the end of July. “Sangaile” will be shot in Lithuania, post-production works will be carried out in France.