If you have a Rome, 20, 21 and 22 July 2021, at the House of Cinema, with free admission, in presence and subject to availability, the second edition of the Lithuanian Film Days, initiative ofEmbassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy he was born in Lithuanian Film Center to promote Lithuanian cinema in our country. The review takes place in full compliance with the anti Covid-19 distancing rules. From drama to documentary, passing through tragicomic comedy: heterogeneous works from the past too, which tell a people and a nation and their various facets, starting from historical analysis. Two screenings a day, starting at 19:00, the first in the Deluxe room of the Casa del Cinema, the second, starting at 21:00 outdoors in theArena Ettore Scola, also of the Casa del Cinema, immersed in the park of Villa Borghese. The evening’s films will be presented by journalists and film critics, who will introduce the film and moderate the films incontri Q&A with the directors present.
Tuesday 20 July, at 19:00, screening of “Frost”By the director Šarūnas Bartas (Trys dienos; Namai; Freedom), which tells of a couple of young Lithuanians who decide to volunteer to take a humanitarian aid van from Vilnius to Ukraine. During the journey, however, they find themselves abandoned to themselves and cross the vast snow-covered lands of the Donbass region in search of a refuge … At 21:00, “New Lithuania”, Debut in the feature film by Karolis Kaupinis, who will be present at the screening and will introduce the film, accompanied by representatives of Lithuanian institutions in Italy. The film tells the complex political situation of Lithuania in the 1930s, through the story of a Lithuanian geography professor who convinces the Prime Minister to create a tropical colony outside the country as a place for an eventual escape in the event of an attack on the nation.
Wednesday 21st July, at 19:00, the screening of “Isaac”, Debut in the feature film by Jurgis Matulevičius on the theme of post-war guilt, based on the infamous Lietūkis garage massacre in 1941, while in the evening, in the presence of the director Egle Tellyte, the screening of “Miracle”, Tragicomic satire that tells the story of Irena, owner of a pig farm in a small post-communist town and close to bankruptcy. When she finds a surprising benefactor in a handsome American man, this seems to be the answer to all her prayers.
Thursday 22nd July, on the last day of the review, three films will be presented. It starts at 17:30 with “The beauty”, A classic of Lithuanian cinema, directed in 1969 by Arūnas Žebriūnas which tells the ‘cruelty’ in the world of children through the story of a nine-year-old girl. At 19:00, “Children from the Hotel America”, Directed in 1990 by Raimundas Banionis, which revolves around the lives of teenagers in Soviet Lithuania. The protagonists are fans of rock’n’roll music, banned in the USSR and are interested in the hippie movement. The outdoor screening, which closes the show, is entrusted to “The Jump”, Which will be introduced by a meeting with the award-winning director Giedrė Žickytė (Master and Tatyana; I’m not from here). Presented in world premiere at the Warsaw International Film Festival, and passed to the last edition of the Rome Film Festival – the first ever Lithuanian film presented at the Roman festival – the film is the dramatic first-person reenactment of the now 90-year-old aspiring deserter Simas Kudirka, a Lithuanian sailor who, on Thanksgiving Day 1970, during talks about fishing rights in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha’s Vineyard, jumps on an American boat surrounded by frozen water in an attempt to gain freedom. With eyewitness testimonies and rare archive footage, the director takes the viewer on a journey more absurd than fiction, which has become an inspiration for people and politics, reaching the White House.
by Marcello Strano