Lithuanian Film Centre collects, catalogues, preserves and gives access to Lithuania’s film heritage and ensures that it may also be accessed by future generations.
Original materials of national films are stored as a national asset in the State Archives. A film producer is required to hand over the original material of a national film to the State Archives provided that state funding has been allocated for the production of the film.
Digitized and restored Lithuanian classic films:
|A SMALL CONFESSION (orig. Maža išpažintis), by Algirdas Araminas, 1971 (DCP)
Arūnas, an 18 year old high-school graduate from the port town, is going through a crisis. He is stressed by the school routine. At home, his father bores Arūnas with his constant recollections about fighting in an antifascist guerrilla squad, while his mother unexpectedly turns back to her old dream of becoming an artist and decides to leave the house, taking her younger son Saulius with her. His father ends up in hospital, because of a grenade fragment lodged in his spine since the war. Arūnas is surrounded by the betrayal of friends.
|DEVIL’S BRIDE (orig. Velnio nuotaka) by Arūnas Žebriūnas, 1973 (DCP / Blu Ray)
“This is one of the most successful and unique Lithuanian films. By choosing the form of a musical or a rock opera the author remained in touch with the book, but at the same time created an original work of cinematography. Vivid and expressive although boldly modernised spectacle driven by catchy music composed by Ganelinas was made in a funny and relaxed manner. The Devil’s Bride is busting the myth about the grim nature of the Lithuanians. It strikes with cheerful dynamics and remains an exclusive example of Lithuanian cinematography.” Saulius Macaitis
|FEELINGS (orig. Jausmai) by Almantas Grikevičius, Algirdas Dausa, 1968 (DCP / Blu Ray)Film, based on a story by Latvian novelist Ejonas Lyvas, focuses on the resolve of a human being and the whole Lithuanian nation in the face of cataclysmic events to find the time and room for simple emotions. Film depicts a chaotic period through the relationship of the two brothers, one dedicated to his family and conscience; the other dedicated to a political ideal. These divided brothers can be read as a representation of a country torn in two, of a history rudely divided. Lithuania has a history of occupation and the struggle to survive is as much personal as it is cultural.|
|HERKUS MANTAS (1972) by Marijonas Giedrys (DCP)Historical costume drama about the medieval wars of Old Prussians and Teutonic Crusaders. Hercus Monte (Latin: Henricus Montemin, German: Heinrich Monte, Lithuanian: Herkus Mantas) was the most famous leader of the Old Prussians during the Northern Crusades. This film is based on his biography.|
|NOBODY WANTED TO DIE (orig. Niekas nenorėjo mirti) by Vytautas Žalakevičius, 1966 (DCP)
Dramatic post-war situation in a small Lithuanian village community, whose members are divided: some support the Soviet government while others back the partisans fighting against the new regime. The film shows each character’s desire to survive and secure a safe and peaceful life. It is a story of revenge: the head of the village council is killed by partisans and his sons decide to seek justice. It is also about those who do not want to die: about regular people who find themselves in a terrible fight for survival and have to choose whose side to take.
|SADUTO TUTO (orig. Sadūto Tūto) by Almantas Grikevičius, 1974 (DCP / Blu Ray)
Petras Minkus, a gifted but unsuccessful sculptor, is struggling to make ends meet by casual employment. Together with his childhood friend Povilas Baibokas he travels to the country, not just to make some money, but also hoping for a career breakthrough.
|THE BEAUTY (orig. Gražuolė) by Arūnas Žebriūnas, 1969 (DCP / Blu Ray)
Neighbourhood children play a game: one of the kids dances in the centre of the circle while the others shower him or her with compliments. A little girl, Inga, who lives with her single mother, is friendly and honest. She usually receives a lot of compliments and is therefore considered a beauty. Everything changes when a new boy moves into the neighbourhood. Being rude, he does not fit in and soon earns himself the nickname Mute. He does not like Inga’s freckles and calls her ugly. Mute’s words hurt Inga deeply and she sets out to look for attraction.
|THE CHILDREN FROM THE HOTEL AMERICA (orig. Vaikai iš “Amerikos” viešbučio) by Raimundas Banionis, 1990 (DCP)The film revolves around the lives of teenagers in Soviet Lithuania. The protagonists of the film are fans of rock’n’roll music which is banned in the USSR and are interested in the hippie movement, secretly listening to the Luxembourg radio. They all live in a house which was formerly a hotel, called “America”. Events of Kaunas’ spring affect them as they are involved. After their attempt to send a letter to the Luxembourg radio, teenagers would become suspects by the KGB.|
|*ALL FILMS HAVE ENGLISH AND FRENCH SUBTITLES|