Directed by Jurgis Matulevičius, drama, 104 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Saulė Bliuvaitė, Nerijus Milerius, Jurgis Matulevičius
With Aleksas Kazanavičius, Severija Janušauskaitė, Dainius Gavenonis, Dainius Kazlauskas, Martynas Nedzinskas
In 1941, a Lithuanian activist, Andrius Gluosnis, kills a Jew called Isaac, in the Lietūkis garage massacre. Years later, in 1964, in the KGB-surveilled Soviet Lithuania, Gluosnis’ film director friend, Gutauskas, returns from the USA to make a film about the massacre. While researching the film, he discovers that his friend was not just a passive bystander.
Using a complex film-within-a-film structure and shot in a gorgeous black and white, this masterfully crafted film offers a genuine cinematographic feast. This is a film noir in which the past and the present perform a circular dance. It explores both the paranoia of living under surveillance and the labyrinth of post-war guilt, and personal and collective guilt. A stunning feature film debut.
With the support of the Lithuanian Embassy in Brussels