The film „I am not from here“ by Giedrė Žickytė and Maite was awarded at Sheffield Doc/Fest for the short film. With this award, the film will go on to qualify for the 2017 Academy Awards.
As jury during the award ceremony stated, that the film is like a work of great literature this film has a high level of sophisticated technique to investigate date, memory and the meaning of home. The Jury remarked on the cinematic quality of both camerawork and dramaturgy that effectively, and with a great creative vision evokes the magic of quotidian moments.
The protagonist of the film is Josebe, a Basque woman who lives in a nursing home in Chile. Days slip by imperceptibly at this closed institution. Because of dementia, Josebe does not have an easygoing personality; she is stubborn and seldom manages to establish contact with other residents. Although the woman has lived in Chile for several decades, she still recalls her happy youth spent in the Basque town of Renteria. I’m Not From Here is a poignant documentary about old age and a desperate attempt at hanging on to the memories which are still very vivid.
The film is the result of Lithuanian film centre collaboration with Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival‘s program CPH:LAB. Each year twenty filmmakers from ten European and ten non-European countries are carefully invited to take part. The program is focused on training / project development, pitching events at international co-production markets and subsequent production. Lithuanian film centre became the partner of the programme and joined a number of Film Institutes and Centres co-operating with CPH:LAB in 2012.
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