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THE THIRD SESSION OF ESoDoc TO BE HELD IN VILNIUS

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For the first time a session of ESoDoc – European Social Documentary – organised by ZeLIG School for Documentary and supported by EU‘s Creative Europe Programme – will take place in Vilnius on October 15-21, 2017.

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THIRD SESSION OF EKRAN+ 2016 HAD STARTED! INTERNATIONAL GUESTS, 9 FILM SETS AND CONSULTATIONS WITH MASTERS OF CINEMA

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The participants were able to invite the actors and DoPs from their countries to join them for the third session. The list of DoPs includes Mykola Yefimenko (Ukraine), Marek Dvořak (Czech Republic), Simonas Glinskis (Lithuania) and Gabriel Sandru (Switzerland). The cast will include Polish actors such as Olga Bołądź, Piotr Polak and Marcin Bosak as well as international actors headed by Sandra Voe – British film and theater actress and collaborator of Mike Leigh (“Naked”, “Vera Drake”) and Lars von Trier (“Breaking the Waves”).

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Lithuania: a powerful attraction

The film industry in Lithuania has achieved an importance on the international scene that belies the country’s relatively small stature. Proving itself a popular destination for international co-productions – partly thanks to competitive tax incentives –, the Baltic country has also seen a huge increase in its domestic audience.

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FILM REVIEW: Hail, Vladimir! in “The Master Plan”

[ The review of the film “Tha Master Plan” – Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian co-production. ]

First the disclaimer: I provided the English-language voiceover for “The Master Plan”, a new documentary film from the Baltic states purporting to show the extent and influence of Kremlin-financed NGOs operating in the region. I also know several of the journalists involved in the making of the film – and regardless of any other consideration, they deserve the highest praise for managing to get a film made in the Baltic states, where money for any kind of celluloid adventure is extremely limited. There’s the first contrast with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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‘Mariupolis': Berlin Review

Mariupolis is a portrait of a Ukrainian city under siege, yet we see everything about this place under war conditions except the fighting. Mariupol, as the city is known today, is seen by director Mantas Kvedaravicius as poetic, neglected and remarkably calm, even though rebels supporting Russia are only a few kilometers away and shots are heard in the distance.

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