Scanorama Gains Momentum: Must-see Movies on the Second Week

Scanorama Gains Momentum: Must-see Movies on the Second Week

European Film Forum Scanorama begins the second week of the festival and invites to greet it with new discoveries. The viewers will be offered retrospective programmes for film gourmets, new meetings with Lithuanian directors and foreign guests, as well as geographically wide horizon of the newest European and other continents’ films.

“We are excited about successful beginning of the festival, which involved the audience into the festive whirlpool. The Square by Ruben Östlund, Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev, On Body and Soul by Ildikó Enyedi – these knockout films have already been given a great deal of visitors’ attention. The Party by Sally Potter and Joachim Trier’s Thelma have also experienced success. Pleasantly surprising has been a great viewers’ attention to documentary debut of Samulionytės sisters Liebe Oma, Guten Tag!” – spoke art director of the festival Gražina Arlickaitė.

Monday: Beginning of the Week with Retrospectives

Retrospective programmes honouring the past are perfect to start off the week. The classic Death in Venice by Luchino Visconti (1971), based on famous Thomas Mann’s novel of the same title, fixates the past time and accurately defines the present. Sensitive artist’s outlook reveals the contradiction between the rule-driven public life and high aspirations of the artist.

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Later, the first part of the programme Mental States and Portraits, created by Lithuanian documentary directors Diana and Kornelijus Matuzevičiai, will be presented. In meeting with audience, the directors will share their thoughts about ever-changing film creation processes and unique potential of tape to perpetuate faces, places and time symbols. The oldest puppet animation film still extant The Dream of the Fatty (1938) will be shown before the showtime.

Tuesday: Unknown Terrains and Cinematic Experiments

On Tuesday, Brazilian film director Daniela Thomas will invite the audience to remote South America. Her movie Vazante narrates a story about a young but courageous Beatrice, wife of slave trader Antonio, trying to find her place in the community, wherein subordination, violence and constraint prevails. Phenomenally cinematographic and non-sentimental story examines timeless subjects – love and loss.

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Albanian director Gentian Koçi’s tape Dawn tells a universal story about Leta, a woman pressed by financial difficulties, who, after failing to pay the rent, finds herself and her baby out in the street. Young woman finds shelter at Sofija’s – elderly bedridden lady’s home. In order to provide safety to her family, Lena must keep up the life of a dying woman at any price.

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French film directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel will interest those who admire experimental cinema. Their documentary Somniloquies gets into the unconscious and the dream world. In the 70´s of 20th century, song writer Dion McGregor earned fame by narrating his dreams that his roommate would write down. If you think that travels in the dwarf world and conversations in non-existent language is apt for you, the directors offer an evening plan worth attention.

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Wednesday: Portraits of Artists and Search for Identity

On Wednesday, the admirers of art history will be offered a memorable portrait of Joseph Beuys – Beuys ­directed by German artist Andres Veiel. Who was that man with a hat, a visionary who surpassed his time and whose ideas were not always appreciated and understood? The film will be presented by festival’s guest, German-Greek art critic, long-term creative partner and friend of Beuys - Rhea Thönges-Stringaris.

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The same evening, the premier of documentary Butterfly City, directed by Olga Černovaitė, will take place. The author of the tape focuses on Visaginas – the former city of nuclear power-station, which was supposed to symbolise the progress of Soviet Union. In meeting with audience, the director will invite to discuss about tensions prevailing in the only Russian-speaking city of Lithuania after closing the majority’s source of income – nuclear power-station.

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Thursday: Peculiar Voices

On Thursday, it is time to lighten up. The audience will be entertained by the new festival’s programme Whatever Works and its films talking in peculiar voices. The Greek Director’s Elina Psykou’s tape Son of Sofia will take the viewers to the memories of childhood and nostalgic summer of 2004. The participants of Summer Olympics compete for gold but 11-year old Misha – for mother’s love. The tape that gained an award for the best international feature film in Tribeca Film Festival raises the questions of growing person’s identity and family values.

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A unique romantic comedy Strange Birds by French director Elise Girard will be perfect for approaching the end of the week. 27-year old dreamer Mavi moves into Paris, where she meets a 76-year old George, an owner of a book store. They are opposites of each other but something makes them strongly attracted to one another. This movie elegantly combines French romance, detective elements and absurd humour.

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