The Lithuanian Oscar Committee has selected Seneca‘s Day (Senekos diena) by Kristijonas Vildžiūnas to be Lithuania’s official entry for the best foreign language film category of the 89th Academy Awards.
Seneca‘s Day tells a story about eighteen-year old buddies, who establish the Seneca’s Fellowship in 1989, the final year of the Soviet era in Lithuania. Friends’ mottos is, “Live each day as if it were your last.” A love triangle breaks up the fellowship right at the time the nation experiences an exceptional sense of community via the Baltic Chain. Twenty-five years later, the main character, who appears to be accompanied by good luck at first glance, is disillusioned with himself. He has betrayed the ideals of his youth and became a cold observer of life. Life forces him to open up his own Pandora’s box.
The film starring Dainius Gavenonis, Marijus Mažūnas, Elžbieta Latėnaitė and Ina Marija Bartaitė.
Produced by Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania), Amrion Production (Estonia) and Locomotive Productions (Latvia). The film production was supported by state film funds in Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia as well as Eurimages.
It is the fourth feature directed by Kristijonas Vildžiūnas. His film Back to Your Arms was Lithuania’s foreign-language Oscar entry in 2011.