Scanorama Bid Farewell to its Audience in Vilnius on a Festive Evening
Sunday evening, Scanorama ended the first stage of the festival and bid farewell to film lovers in Vilnius. In the course of a festive evening, the winners of a contest festival’s programme New Baltic Cinema were awarded and a symphony of dark beauty Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau played. The film was accompanied by a soundtrack created specially for Scanorama by composer Marius Salynas.
“We say our goodbyes with a non-traditional film – let this silent film masterpiece become a bright contrast to the film of the festival’s opening and a bridge that connects the present with the past. We are ending one stage of the festival’s journey through Lithuania, which, I believe, left the majority with pleasant feelings. I am very grateful to everyone who made the 15th Scanorama possible” – the art director of the festival Gražina Arlickaitė greeted the audience.
The young director Klaudija Matvejevaitė and her movie The Last Day has become an absolute winner of the contest programme New Baltic Cinema. This work was evaluated not only as the best Lithuanian, but also as the best short movie of all the Baltic countries. The work of director was praised by an international team of experienced professionals: committee chair actress, expert of international film project Leonor Silveira (Portugal), film producer Zeki Peynirci (Turkey), the founder and art director of the Austrian students’ film festival film:riss Dominik Tschütscher (Austria), film and theatre actress Anjorka Strechel (German). For the best Lithuanian director’s film, Klaudija Matvejevaitė won a monetary prize of 3000 euros granted by audiovisual authors, producers rights association AVAKA and, as a winner of the contest, the director received the principal prize of Vilnius Film Cluster – 12 000 euros for the upcoming film project of the author. Further praises of the committee were dedicated to Helena Takkin´s film Elo and to work of Armandas Začsas If trees could talk (Latvia).
The 15th Scanorama met its audience with exceptionally vigorous festival programme. The prospect of European cinema was presented from various different perspectives. Not incidentally, Scanorama’s bin held the strongest movies of the year: The Square by Ruben Östlund, the winner of Palme d’Or, the Berlinale Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul by Ildikó Enyedi, Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev, the winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, works of the Cannes Competition contestants, Happy End by Michael Haneke and Sergei Loznitsa’s Austerlitz. People of Vilnius still have a chance to see the most watched films during the session replays in the beginning of new week.
Scanorama in Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai will continue until November 26.