Lithuanian director Alantė Kavaitė wins Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award


Alantė Kavaitė

Lithuanian director Alantė Kavaitė wins World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival for her film The Summer of Sangaile. The film had its World Premiere at Sundance and was screened as the day one film.

The film tells the story of the 17-year-old Sangaile who is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at the summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds in her teenage love, the only person who truly encourages her to fly.

The film features Julija Steponaitytė (as Sangaile) and Aistė Diržiūtė (as Auste). 23-years-old Aistė Diržiūtė is also among the ten talented newcomer actors selected for the European Shooting Stars 2015.

The Summer of Sangaile will have its European premiere in Berlin Film Festival where it will be screened in the main programme of Panorama.

The film is produced by Fralita Films (Lithuania) and Les Films d’Antoine (France) and co-produced by Viking Film (Netherlands). Film production in Lithuania was supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.