Heritage


The Lithuanian Film Centre works consistently to digitize and restore the heritage of Lithuanian classical cinema for preservation and public access, providing distribution of these films nationally and abroad.

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.

This collection presents Lithuanian classic films digitized and restored over the last four years (before 2018).

Digitized and Restored
Classic Lithuanian Films
1959–1990

ADAM WANTS TO BE A MAN

ADOMAS NORI BŪTI ŽMOGUMI

Directed by Vytautas Žalakevičius
1959 / 87 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

Adomas nori būti žmogumi

Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French
Genre: Drama

Written by Vytautas Sirijos Gira, Vytautas Žalakevičius
Cinematography by Algimantas Mockus
Music by Eduardas Balsys
Cast: Vytautas Puodžiukaitis, Audronė Bajerčiūtė, Juozas Miltinis, Stasys Petronaitis, Valerijonas Derkintis, Vaclovas Blėdis, Donatas Banionis

In a pre-WWII Lithuanian town, occupied with unemployed workers and crooks of various kinds, lives Adam, a naive young man with no job and a lot of dreams. His closest friend is the Captain, an old sea wolf with many tales to tell about Singapore, Hawaii and other equally exotic and sunny places. Inspired by his stories, Adam manages to get a job in an emigration bureau and starts saving for his ticket to leave abroad.

NOBODY WANTED TO DIE

NIEKAS NENORĖJO MIRTI

Directed by Vytautas Žalakevičius
1966 / 107 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

Niekas nenorėjo mirti

Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French
Genre: Drama

Written by Vytautas Žalakevičius
Cinematography by Jonas Gricius
Music by Algimantas Apanavičius
Cast: Kazimieras Vitkus, Regimantas Adomaitis, Juozas Budraitis, Bruno Oja, Donatas Banionis, Algimantas Masiulis, Vija Artmanė, Eugenija Šulgaitė

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 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 lay people, who find themselves in a terrible fight for survival and have to choose whose side to take.

FEELINGS

JAUSMAI

Directed by Algirdas Dausa, Almantas Grikevičius
1968 / 90 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

Jausmai

Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French
Genre: Fiction
  •  Best Cinematography Award at the 10th Baltic,
    Belarus and Moldavia Film Festival in Minsk in 1969
  • Special Jury Prize at San Remo International Film
    Festival in 1975
  • Picked the best Lithuanian film of all times by
    film critics in 1995

Written by Vytautas Žalakevičius
Cinematography by Jonas Tomaševičius
Music by Vytautas Barkauskas
Cast: Regimantas Adomaitis, Juozas Budraitis, Regina Paliukaitytė, Eugenija Bajorytė, Bronius Babkauskas, Laimonas Noreika, Algimantas Masiulis

Film, based on a story by Latvian novelist Egons Līvs, 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.

THE BEAUTY

GRAŽUOLĖ

Directed by Arūnas Žebriūnas
1969 / 66 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

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Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French
Genre: Fiction
  •  Best Cinematography Award at the All-Union
    Film Festival in 1970

Written by Jurijus Jakovlevas
Cinematography by Algimantas Mockus
Music by Viačeslavas Ganelinas
Cast: Inga Mickytė, Lilija Žadeikytė, Sergejus Martinsonas, Arvydas Samukas, Tauras Ragalevičius, Vladas Jurkūnas, Gediminas Girdvainis, Auksė Kokštaitė, Vaiva Ragauskaitė, Vaidevutis Mickys

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.

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THE SMALL CONFESSION

MAŽA IŠPAŽINTIS

Directed by Algirdas Araminas
1971 / 83 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

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Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French
Genre: Fiction

Written by Icchokas Meras, Algirdas Araminas
Cinematography by Donatas Pečiūra
Music by Algimantas Apanavičius
Cast: Andrius Karka, Gediminas Karka, Rūta Staliliūnaitė, Vytautas Kaminskas, Vytautas Kernagis, Monika Mironaitė, Vaiva Mainelytė, Juozas Budraitis

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.

NORTHERN CRUSADES

HERKUS MANTAS

Directed by Marijonas Giedrys
1972 / 148 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

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Photo from the archive of  The Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Cinema Museum

Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French
Genre: Period drama

Written by Saulius Šaltenis
Cinematography by Jonas Tomaševičius
Music by Giedrius Kuprevičius
Cast: Antanas Šurna, Eugenija Pleškytė, Algimantas Masiulis, Stasys Petronaitis, Gediminas Karka, Pranas Piaulokas, Aleksandras Vokačius

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.

THE DEVIL’S BRIDE

VELNIO NUOTAKA

Directed by Arūnas Žebriūnas
1974 / 78 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

Velnio nuotaka

Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French, Russian
Genre: Musical

Written by Sigitas Geda, Arūnas Žebriūnas
Cinematography by Algimantas Mockus
Music by Viačeslavas Ganelinas
Cast: Vaiva Mainelytė, Regimantas Adomaitis, Gediminas Girdvainis, Vasilijus Simčičius, Regina Varnaitė, Bronius Babkauskas, Juozas Meškauskas, Regina Arbačiauskaitė, Danutė Krištopaitytė, Jonas Pakulis

“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.” Film critic Saulius Macaitis

SADUTO TUTO

SADŪTO TŪTO

Directed by Almantas Grikevičius
1974 / 78 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

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Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French
Genre: Fiction

Written by Vytautas Žalakevičius
Cinematography by Donatas Pečiūra
Music by Viačeslavas Ganelinas
Cast: Juozas Budraitis, Regimantas Adomaitis, Eugenija Pleškytė, Nijolė Lepeškaitė, Bronius Babkauskas, Algis Žaliaduonis, Aurimas Babkauskas

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.

FLIGHT OVER THE ATLANTIC

SKRYDIS PER ATLANTĄ

Directed by Raimondas Vabalas
1983 / 100 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

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Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French
Genre: Historical drama
  •  The most popular film in the history of Lithuanian cinema

Written by Raimondas Vabalas, Juozas Glinskis
Cinematography by Jonas Tomaševičius
Music by Bronius Kutavičius
Cast: Remigijus Sabulis, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Regimantas Adomaitis, Eugenija Bajorytė, Juozas Budraitis, Povilas Gaidys, Gediminas Girdvainis, Valentinas Masalskis, Jonas Vaitkus

Lithuanian pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas are preparing for the legendary flight over the Atlantic Ocean in 1933. Their goal is to take off from New York and land in Lithuanian capital of Kaunas with their small single-engine plane “Lituanica”. The film reveals heroic persistence of two Lithuanians who are dreaming to see their homeland again and who are determined to fight for its honor by going on a dangerous 37 hours long journey.

CHILDREN FROM THE HOTEL “AMERICA”

VAIKAI IŠ „AMERIKOS“ VIEŠBUČIO

Directed by Raimundas Banionis
1990 / 89 min / Lithuanian Film Studio

Vaikai iš Amerikos viešbučio

Original version: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Russian, Latvian
Genre: Fiction
  • Independent Lithuania’s first entry at the Berlinale Panorama section in 1991

Written by Maciejus Drygas
Cinematography by Jonas Tomaševičius
Music by Faustas Latėnas
Cast: Augustas Šavelis, Gabija Jaraminaitė, Jūratė Onaitytė, Jurga Kasčiukaitė, Gediminas Karka, Linas Paugis, Rolandas Kazlas, Giedrius Čaikauskas, Arūnas Sakalauskas, Gražina Balandytė

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 to the KGB.