Lithuania / Netherlands 2021, 246 min, Russian and Lithuanian, Hebrew & English subtitles

The Lithuanian revolution was atypical. The first Baltic country to break away from the Soviet Union had begun its struggle for independence with peaceful, song-filled protests, which, unsurprisingly, were met with a violent Soviet response. Vytautas Landsbergis, one of the founders of the Lithuanian protest movement and later its first leader as an independent country, gives detailed descriptions of the historical moves that slowly tore apart the USSR and shaped his country and its neighbors. In a deep, down-to-earth interview, Landsbergis shares, for the first time, stories from behind the scenes of his conduct with Gorbachev and the Kremlin. His insights are intercut with archive footage of Lithuania’s fight for independence and the days leading to the great communist power’s collapse. Directed by Sergei Loznitsa (Austerlitz, State Funeral), the film won the IDFA grand prix.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Cinema Du Reel

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Screening Schedule:
  • Tue 31.05 | 10:00 | Venue Cinematheque 2
  • Wed 01.06 | 16:00 | Venue Cinematheque 5
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Sergei Loznitsa was born on September 5th 1964. He grew up in Kiev (Ukraine), and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 Sergei worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research. In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he studied feature filmmaking. Sergei Loznitsa has been making films since 1996, and by now he has directed 23 award-winning documentaries and 4 fiction films.
Loznitsa’s feature debut “My Joy” (2010) premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes, and was followed by the feature film “In the Fog” (2012), which was awarded Fipresci prize at the 65th Festival de Cannes. In 2017, Sergei Loznitsa presented his third feature “A Gentle Creature” in the competition of the Festival de Cannes. In 2018, Loznitsa received the prize for Best
Directing of the Un Certain Regard section of Festival de Cannes for his fourth
feature film, “Donbass”.
In 2013 Sergei Loznitsa founded a film production company ATOMS & VOID.
Sergei Loznitsa’s feature-length documenatry “Maidan” (2014), the chronicles of
the Ukrainian revolution, had its world premiere at a Séance Special of Festival de
Cannes. His subsequent feature length documentaries, “The Event” (2015),
“Austerlitz” (2016), “The Trial” (2018) and “State Funeral” (2019) were
presented at the Special Screenings of the Venice Film Festival. Sergei Loznitsa continues to work both in documentary and feature genres.

Production: Uljana Kim, Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova
Script: Vytautas V. Landsbergis, Sergei Loznitsa
Editing: Danielius Kokanauskis
Sound Design: Saulius Urbanavicius

Source: Atoms & Void

Supporters & Broadcasters: Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the State of Israel

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