FESTIVALS: Lithuanian Docs Premiere at Scanorama

    Julia by J.Jackie Baier Julia by J.Jackie Baier

    VILNIUS: Four Lithuanian documentaries, including one Lithuanian/German coproduction, will have their premieres during the Scanorama film festival, which takes place 7- 24 November 2013 in four cities across Lithuania.

    The films include the long-awaited film from Audrius Stonys, Cenotaph (Studio Uljana Kim), the story of a grave holding three unknown soldiers – two Russians and a German – and the present-day quest to explore it.

    J. Jackie Baier will return to Scanorama two years after the festival screened her documentary film House of Shame with Julia, a film about a transsexual runaway Lithuanian girl who ends up in Germany working as a prostitute before returning to her home town years later. The Lithuanian-German film was screened at Venice.

    Ričardas Marcinkus will introduce the documentary film Final Destination, selected for a program at Amsterdam Documentary Film festival (IDFA) about 55 year old man released from prison with nowhere to go and caught up in drugs.

    The latest film by a poet, singer and theatre and cinema director Vytautas V. Landsbergis is Tricolour (A. Propos Studija), a portrait of the freedom fighters, twelve former partisans and postal workers, and their journey from home to battle to post-war life.

    Scanorama director Gražina Arlickaitė noted: “Filmmakers are bravely talking about uncomfortable past events and complicated dramas of modern-day life. …the programme has included a selection of films that already succeeded in the international film festivals.”