Lithuania

Films. On the big screen.

It’s true – films can be fun and frivolous. But as well as being entertaining, travel movies are also a gateway to knowledge. A country’s history, culture, and people come alive on the screen, giving you a window into new worlds. Begin your journey through film now.

 

Drama

Ashes in the Snow (2018)

Directed By Marius A. Markevicius

Made in English and based on a New York Times bestselling novel by Ruta Sepetys, this historical drama is set in 1941 when Stalin deported huge numbers of Lithuanians to prison camps in Siberia. A 16-year-old aspiring artist risks her life to document, through drawing and notes, her family’s harrowing expulsion and experiences. Her dream is that her artwork will make their way to her father, held in a secret prison camp.

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Back to Your Arms (2010)

Directed By Kristijonas Vildziunas

This Cold War thriller, lauded by critics in Lithuania, revolves around a father and daughter separated during World War Two. She goes to the USA, he remains in Lithuania. When they arrange to meet in Berlin in 1961, the KGB becomes involved and their safety is threatened.

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Few of Us (1996)

Directed By Sharunas Bartas

Made by one of Lithuania’s most acclaimed directors, this is a mysterious film about a woman withdrawing from society. After an act of violence prompts her to leave her village, a woman makes a long, rugged journey in search of a nomadic tribe living in Siberia. Without dialogue, the film is slow-moving but many find it intriguing and poetic.

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Nobody Wanted to Die (1966)

Directed By Vytautas Žalakevičius

Director Vytautas Zalakevicius set out to make a film in praise of Lithuanian guerrilla groups who fought against the Soviets during and after World War Two. But he also had to beat the Soviet censors decidedly unkeen on such a message. See how he achieved these goals in this Wild West-like drama about sons of a local communist leader bent on vengeance after the killing of their father by nationalist partisans.

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The Children from The Hotel America (1990)

Directed By Raimundas Banionis

A drama set in 1972 in Soviet Lithuania. A group of teenagers, desperate to listen to the officially banned rock and roll, draw the attention of the secret police. They become caught up in the Kaunas Spring, the protests in Lithuania against the Communist regime.

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Drama-Thriller

The Gambler (2013)

Directed By Rupert Wyatt

An intense drama about a brilliant paramedic dogged by a gambling addiction. He risks all in a desperate scheme to pay off his debts through an illegal game related to his profession.

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Drama

The Saint (Šventasis) (2017)

Directed By Andrius Blazevicius

A drama about the human costs of Lithuania’s economic meltdown in 2008. Vytas undergoes a crisis when he is laid off from his job as a factory mechanic and is unable to provide for his family. Alongside weightlifting and drinking beer, he becomes obsessed by a YouTube video claiming that Jesus Christ has been spotted in his Lithuanian town.

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Drama

The Summer of Sangaile (2017)

Directed By Alanté Kavaïté

Two female teenagers fall in love in this lush romantic drama and coming of age story. Sangaile is fascinated but fearful of flying until she meets Aunte who is determined to live with daring and courage.

 

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