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BEAST 2019. Lithuania as Focus Country

Lithuanian cinema will be under spotlight during 3rd BEAST IFF, bringing the national debut of Wonderful Losers by Arunas Matelis, full retrospective of Aistė Žegulytė's work, from early short films to the latest experimental documentary Animus Animalis (A Story About People, Animals and Things).

More than that, the program includes a comprehensive restrospective under the umbrella of Lithuanian Heritage (works by Henrikas Sablevicius, Edmundas Zubavicius, Algimantas Maceina, Arūnas Žebriūnas or Deimantas Narkevicius) and a tribute to Jonas Mekas, pioneer of avant-garde film, with the exhibition of Walden (1968), Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972) and Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012).

Opening the festival is Marija Kavtaradze's road-movie Summer Survivors while Focus Country: Lithuania will be completed by Baltic Wave Film Festival, presenting a special collection of short films representing the festival programming in the last 10 years.

This years Focus Country program is the result of the continious partneship with Lithuanian Filmmakers Union and organised with the support of Lithuanian Film Center.


Opening Film
Summer Survivors, Marija Kavtaradze, 2018

Lithuanian Highlight
Wonderful Losers, Arunas Matelis, 2018

Director Focus
Animus Animalis (A Story About People, Animals and Things), Aiste Zegulyte, 2018
Vita, Aiste Zegulyte, 2010
To Have or to Be, Aiste Zegulyte, 2011
Nidai, Aiste Zegulyte, 2011
Nikodemas, Aiste Zegulyte, 2012
Identities, Aiste Zegulyte, 2014

Jonas Mekas Tribute
Walden, Jonas Mekas, 1968
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania, Jonas Mekas, 1972
Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man, Jonas Mekas, 2012

Festival Visit: Baltic Wave
The Last Day of School, Gabriele Urbonaite, 2018
By The Pool, Laurynas Bareisa, 2017
Easily and Sweetly, Ignas Miskinis, 2004
Trolleybus City, Giedre Beinoriute, 2002

Retrospective: Lithuanian Heritage
We Fear No Enemy, Edmundas Zubavicius, 1978
We Were At Our Own Field, Henrikas Sablevicius, 1988
Europa 54° 54′ – 25° 19′, Deimantas Narkevicius, 1997
Black Box, Algimantas Maceina, 1994
Walnut Bread, Arunas Zebriunas, 1978

Full festival programme available in early September.