Dear friends of Scanorama

Dear friends of Scanorama

Our festival is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. On this occasion, we wanted to congratulate both ourselves and our audience by introducing an unprecedentedly vigorous programme and by sharing the most interesting cross-sections of the European cinema. Therefore, not by a coincidence, we selected the most significant movies of the year: the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or, The Square by Ruben Östlund, the Berlinale Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul by Ildikó Enyedi, The Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Cannes competition films Happy End by Michael Haneke and Gentle Creature by Sergey Loznica.

Along with these masterpieces, we were able to collect a bouquet of talented and creative debuts. The Cakemaker (dir. Ofir Raul Graizer), The Swan (dir. Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir), The Ex-Wife (dir. Katja Wik), Dede (dir. Mariam Khatchvani), More (dir. Onur Saylak) – all that is an attempt to understand oneself in a world of modern values, it is the freshness of cinema language and the brightness of emotional ethos.

This year is also marked with a clear voice of female directors: almost half of the films are created by women. This is evident in the Lithuanian film section as well. We are happy about the international journeys of Miracle by director Eglė Vertelytė, as well as the debut of Samulionytės‘ sisters What We Leave Behind. We will revive Lithuanian cinematic history by presenting a retrospective of Diana and Kornelijus Matuzevičiai Portraits and Conditions, toasting to the legendary actor Regimantas Adomaitis on his anniversary and presenting his film Games of Adults, also by screening the first Lithuanian puppet-animated film The Dream of the Fatty.

European Contemporary cinema will be embraced by retrospectives of Luchino Visconti and Michael Haneke proving, once more, that today’s cinema intertwines with the classics.

Special Screenings will open the door to other continents, enriching European cinema landscape with a touch of global taste. For those interested in original and new film forms, we will be offering a new Whatever Works section, for late-night cinema-goers Nocturnal Creatures programme will be available. We will be also presenting little-known Slovenian cinema.

Festival’s finale will be marked with a frightful beauty of the legendary Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and the soundtrack composed by Marius Salynas for this occasion. Let it be the contrast to a playful opening movie, Sally Potter’s The Party, sparkling with British wit.