VILNIUS: Andrius Blaževičius‘ feature film The Saint / Šventasis dominated the Lithuanian Film and TV Silver Crane Awards,winning in six categories. The film took the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress and Best Script at the tenth edition of the awards held on 13 June 2017.
Uljana Kim received the award for best professional work for her role as coproducer on two Baltic coproductions.
The awards are presented by the Lithuanian Film Academy and the awards ceremony was broadcast by the Lithuanian National Television.
The nominees and winners of the Silver Crane Awards were selected by leading cinema professionals, including professor and member of the European Film Academy Gražina Arlickaitė; philosopher, film theoretician Nerijus Milerius, film director Alantė Kavaitė, cinematographer Kristina Sereikaitė and composer Algirdas Martinaitis.
The Golden Crane Award for a distinguished filmmaker for lifetime achievement in Lithuanian filmmaking was presented to the famous actor Vytautas Paukštė, who played over 50 roles in movies and over 90 theatre roles. Among his credits are the Lithuanian films Ave, vita directed by Almantas Grikevičius and Feelings / Jausmai directed by Almantas Grikevičius and Algirdas Dausa, All Truth about Columbus / Visa teisybė apie Kolumbą and Weekend in Hell / Savaitgalis pragare by Vytautas Žalakevičius, Herkus Mantas by Marijonas Giedrys, Devil's Seed / Velnio sėkla, A Horse–Thief's Daughter / Arkliavagio duktė and Elze's Life / Elzė iš Gilijos by Algimantas Puipa.
The complete list of winners follows:
Best Feature Film
The Saint/Šventasis (Lithuania, Poland), Directed by Andrius Blaževičius Produced by M-films Coproduced by No Sugar Films Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre
Best Short Film
The Mother‘s Day / Motinos dienaDirected by Kamilė MilašiūtėProduced by Marija Fridinovaitė, Marija RazgutėSupported by the Lithuanian Film Centre
Best Documentary Film
Woman and the Glacier / Moteris ir ledynas (Lithuania, Estonia)Directed by Audrius StonysProduced by ŪkųstudijaCoproduced by Vesilind Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre, Estonian Film Institute and Estonian Cultural Endowment
Best Animation Film
Running Lights / Kaukai (Lithuania, India, Finland)Directed by Gediminas ŠiaulysProduced by PetPunk
The SaintDirected by Andrius Blaževičius
Best CinematographerAudrius KemežysWoman and the Glacier
Best ComposersDenis Zujev („Fusedmarc“), Eglė Sirvydytė, Jurga Šeduikytė („Mixtape Club“)Running Lights
Best Production DesignerGalius KličiusSeneca’s Day / Senekos Diena (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)Directed by Kristijonas VildžiūnasProduced by Studio Uljana KimCoproduced by Amrion Production, Locomotive ProductionsSupported by the Lithuanian Film Centre
Best ActorMarius RepšysThe Saint
Best ActressGabija JaraminaitėTogether For Ever/ Amžinai kartu (Lithuania, Romania)Directed by Lina LužytėProduced by Just a moment Coproduced by Alien Film ProductionSupported by Lithuanian Film Centre
Best Supporting ActressGelminė GlemžaitėThe Saint
Best Supporting ActorValentinas KrulikovskisThe Saint
Best EditingEmilis Vėlyvis and Paulius ZavadskisZero III
Best ScriptAndrius Blaževičius, Marija Kavtaradze and Tekle KavtaradzeThe Saint
Best Co-productionI‘m Not from Here / Aš čia tik svečias (Chile, Lithuania)Directed by Maite Alberdi and Giedrė ŽickytėLithuanian Film Centre in collaboration with Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival‘s program CPH:LAB.
The Audience AwardZero IIIDirected by Emilis VėlyvisProduced by Kino Kultas
Best Professional Work AwardUljana Kim for Pretenders / Apsimetėliai (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia)Directed by Vallo ToomlaProduced by Amrion OÜ, Locomotive ProductionsCo-produced by Studio Uljana KimSupported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Eurimages, Lithuanian Film Centre, National Film Center of Latvia, Creative Europe, Estonian Film Institute
Exiled / Pelnu sanatorija (Latvia,Lithuania)Directed by Davis SimanisProduced by Locomotive ProductionsCo-produced by Studio Uljana KimSupported by the National Film Center of Latvia, Lithuanian Film Centre, State Culture Capital Foundation, MEDIA
Crane Egg for Best Student FilmMountains to Climb / Kalnai, kalnaiDirected by Marija StonytėProducer Viktorija Astrauskaitė