17-11-2011

PRODUCTION: Lithuanian Doc Father in Postproduction

By Cathy Meils

VILNIUS: Father, a 70,000 euro Lithuanian documentary directed by Marat Sargsyan, is in the final stages of production in preparation for a March 2012 release. The 52 minute film is produced by Dagne Vildziunaite for Just a Moment (www.justamoment.lt) production company.

The documentary was presented at the 20th Jihlava IDFF (www.dokument-festival.com) as part of the Doc Launch Presentation as well as at the Baltic Breakfast presentation. The producers were in Jihlava seeking presales. The films received a 10,000 euro grant from the Lithuanian Cultural Support Foundation.

The title character is a 71-year-old ex-convict who has 10 children - the youngest only a few months old - and 2 grandchildren, and plans on having another 9 children by his 93rd birthday. The observational style film looks at society's concept of "what the fight family is." While the children are aware of their father's past (he was known as "the Father of Mafia" in Lithuania), they form an exceptionally happy and loving family.

Sargyan's directing credits include four short films, including Lernavan which received seven awards at five festivals.

Vildziunaite founded Just a Moment in 2007, and has produced several short documentaries presented at festivals in Estonia,, Slovenia, and Lithuania, as well as the Best TV Film award at the 2009 Silver Crane national film awards. The company currently has four documentaries, one short fiction film and one feature fiction films in production; and three documentaries and two feature films in development.

Credits:

Director: Marat Sargsyan

Editor: Jan De Coster

DOP: Linas Dabriska

Contact Information:

Producer: Dagne Vildziunaite

Just a Moment

Kraziu Str. 21 (II Floor)

Vilnius 01108, Lithuania

Tel: +370 686 88980

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www.justamoment.lt