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Tag Archives: Lithuanian
Christmas. Uncensored (2012) Maris Martinsons, Valda Bickute, Kostas Smoriginas, Leonardas Pobedonoscevas
In one of the post-soviet countries, where sexual taboos are still ruling the society and strong traditions of Catholicism and homophobia are alive Read More »
A Priest in Ireland meets a woman Valda from his native Lithuania only to find out her mysterious identity is closely connected with a darkest secret of his past. Read More »
Adomas nori buti zmogumi / Adam Wants to Be a Man (1959) Vytautas Zalakevicius, Vitalijus Puodziukaitis, Audrone Bajerciute, Stasis Petronaitis, Drama
In a pre-WWII Lithuanian town, occupied with unemployed workers and crooks of various kinds, lives Adam, a naive young man with no job and a lot of dreams. His closest friend is the Captain, an old sea wolf with many tales to tell about Singapore, Hawaii and other equally exotic and sunny places. Inspired by his stories, Adam manages to get a job in an emigration bureau and starts saving for his ticket to leave abroad. The owner of the bureau, Dausa, is also preoccupied with squeezing some money out of his money-bag business partner, whom everybody calls the American. Ang the American is looking forward to buying his way into marriage with a poor underage laundress Lucja, working nearby. So when she and Adam fall in love, things in this tight circle of crooks are about to get more tense.
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Letters to Sofija / Laiskai Sofijai (2013) Robert Mullan, Marija Korenkaite, Rokas Zubovas, Arturas Aleksejevas, Drama, Romance
Based on a true story, this is the love affair between a Lithuanian genius and the woman and the country he adored. Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis was born into a Lithuanian peasant family in 1875. Despite his lowly origins he soon revealed himself to be a child prodigy able to both paint and compose music of startling and often frightening intensity. Soon after he was struck down by a mysterious mental illness, which would plague him for the rest of his life. During his short lifetime, Ciurlionis produced over 300 paintings and 300 musical compositions. Supporting him throughout his short and painful life was his beloved wife, Sofija Kymantaite, a journalist and political activist.
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A nearly-suicidal, young woman visits a psychotherapist. She is in love with a priest, and the diagnosis of her husband’s mental illness leaves no hope. The psychotherapist, in her attempts to resolve the amassed difficulties, seemingly begins to duplicate the life stages and behavioral patterns of her patient. A script for this film is based on motifs from the best-seller, scandalous novel, Witch and Rain, by female author, Jurga Ivanauskaite. By choosing a priest as the main role for a love story, the author broke an existing societal taboo. Faith, Love and Hope form the trilogy by the authors of this screenplay. Love stands as the grandest of the three.
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