Directed by Raimundas Banionis, drama, 88 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Marciej Drygas
With Gražina Balandytė, Elena Gaigalaitė, Gabija Jaraminaitė, Rolandas Kazlas, Gražina Kernagienė
Made in 1990, Children from the Hotel “America” marked the beginning of independent Lithuanian cinema. Now it is a much loved Lithuanian classic shown in a digitally restored version.
It’s 1972 in Kaunas, Soviet Lithuania. A group of teenage friends live in a house that was formerly a hotel called “America”. They are fans of rock 'n' roll music, which is banned in the USSR, and are interested in the hippie movement. They listen to Radio Luxembourg in secret, they fall in love, travel to the Lithuanian Woodstock and dream. After they try to send a letter to Radio Luxembourg (not a revolutionary manifesto, but a simple request to play the latest Rolling Stones song), the teenagers become suspects in the eyes of the KGB.
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