Director: ALMANTAS GRIKEVIČIUS
Duration: 0:10
Year: 1973

Off Gauge Temperature

The focus of Grikevičius’s film is Tomas Petreikis, a senior machine constructor of Dzeržinkis’s factory in Kaunas. Instead of creating a conjunctural narrative about a hero of Socialist work ethic who exceeds the norms of production, the director depicts another part of his personality. During his leisure time, Tomas is a ballroom dancer, teacher and a judge in competitions. “Construction and dance? No, they have nothing in common”, Petreikis replies to a journalist’s question. However, the movie is rich in parallels which reveal the precision of both the constructor and dancer; his pursuit not only to control the machines perfectly but also to be a master in teaching ballroom dance pairs composes quite a different view than is claimed by himself.

Director: Viktoras Starošas
Duration: 0:21
Year: 1962

Cheer Up, Virginijus

The film about the city of Naujoji Akmenė is regarded as one of the first Lithuanian attempts to liberate itself from the stereotypes of the Soviet documentary. Even though the remnants of the “Socialist prosperity” are clearly perceptible in the movie, the process of directing is obtaining more freedom: the voiceover is losing its canonization, and the power of the narrator is given to the main character, a small child Virginijus.

Director: Audrius Stonys
Duration: 0:25
Year: 1992

Earth of the Blind

“The Earth of the Blind” – a film by Audrius Stonys – represents the formation of a new acknowledged generation of Lithuanian documentary filmmakers. It is the one and only Lithuanian documentary which was declared the best European documentary in 1992 and received the “Felix” award from the European Film Academy. “The Earth of the Blind” is considered to continue the Lithuanian poetic documentary, which was developed throughout the Soviet occupation. How is the world of the blind peculiar? It is full of sounds, touch, contrasts and various sensations that emerge from an encounter with seemingly simple objects. Most importantly, the director reveals the inner world of the blind, as if he could materialize the feelings, desires and loneliness of the characters, and, certainly, their yearning for light.

Director: Robertas Verba
Duration: 0:20
Year: 1965

The Old Man and the Land

The film “The Old Man and the Land” is the debut of Robertas Verba, a widely-known Lithuanian documentary film director. The film signifies the beginning of poetic documentary cinema in Lithuania. The hero of the movie is a bright Lithuanian villager Anupras Trimonis; Verba creates a portrait of a person who highly values his native soil. The director returns a patriarchal worldview of the Lithuanian village to the cinema screen. “The Old Man and the Land” became a symbol of archaic Lithuanian identity, objecting the imposed Soviet ideology.

Director: Edmundas Zubavičius
Duration: 0:09
Year: 1979

Sensitivity as Bread

The focus of attention in one of the earliest films by a highly prolific documentary director Edmundas Zubavičius is a veterinary clinic in Kaunas; the observation of its daily routine reveals the longing for human sympathy as if yearning for a prayer. Quite a sophisticated relation between the visual and the sound is outweighed by the junctions of poetic film language and realistic shots. They invite to contemplate the relationship between nature and man.

Director: Algimantas Maceina
Duration: 0:41
Year: 1994

Black Box

Algimantas Maceina’s “Black box”, according to film critics, is regarded as one of the most interesting instances of experimental documentary. It was presented in many avant-garde film festivals. Maceina examines the theme of the exile of Lithuanian society, implemented by the Soviet regime: he traces the transportation of the remains of his own grandfather from Siberia to Lithuania. The story of his family is depicted by a peculiar choice of a narrative. By employing a subjective camera, which emphasizes the very individual and personal feelings of loss, Maceina links the personal grandfather’s story to the collective one, thus disclosing the core of the tragedy of the Lithuanian society. 

Director: Diana ir Kornelijus Matuzevičiai
Duration: 0:20
Year: 1993

Illusions

This film by Kornelijus and Diana Matuzevičius is a portrait of Lithuanian Jewish writer and literary critic Jokūbas Josadė (Yankev Yosade). The film subtly transcends this individual story and is able to unlock the broader context of Lithuania, which had just regained its independence. The thoughts of a generation that was fading into oblivion, which are portrayed with abstract images, are akin to the way of life of the contemporary person. 

Director: Rimvydas Leipus
Duration: 0:10
Year: 1993

Wanderers of White Time

With this film a cinematographer Rimvydas Leipus made a debut as a documentary film director. By casting its gaze to the periphery of Vilnius, Užupis, the film follows the tradition of the first generation of independent filmmakers. The result is the mute portrayal of a furnace caretaker Jonas Valeiša and a graphic artist Šarūnas Leonavičius.

Director: Audrius Stonys
Duration: 0:20
Year: 1995

Antigravitation

With this film, Audrius Stonys continues the theme of man's peripheral experiences. In Earth of the Blind, he tried to "see the unseen" with the help of a mix image and sound, while in Antigravitation using the camera to break the laws of gravity, giving the objective heavenly power of seeing from up above, and getting closer to an unhearthly experience. "How does the world seem from such heights? What keeps man between the heavens and the earth? How does everything seem from the roofs of the churches?" These are the questions that became the impetus for Stonys's film. 

Director: Edmundas Zubavičius
Duration: 0:10
Year: 1978

No Foe Can Scare Us

In the feuilleton of the director Zubavičius, we observe the absurd reality; it unfolds in the practice of reacting to an imitated nuclear attack of “an enemy behind the border”. The characters of the film are the inhabitants of a small village in Samogitia. They are participating in civil protection exercises and preparing for a civil defence competition. However, although the danger of a new war has been escalated and the civil protection exercises have been organized regularly, apparently no one has taken the danger seriously for a long time now.

Director: Audrius Stonys
Duration: 0:16
Year: 2001

Alone          

Film is about immeasurable loneliness of child, only loneliness and nothing more. Story was shoot without any manipulation means. Trip to prison, meeting, way home. That’s all. Movie is dealing with ethical problem and how deep into person’s pain we can interfere or a documentary can interfere.

Director: Henrikas Šablevičius
Duration: 0:15
Year: 1968

Reflections

“Reflections” is a film created by Henrikas Šablevičius and the national television. Back then, the movie was seen as unconventional in the context of Lithuanian cinema: it employs a surrealistic etude of no clear narrative and has an extreme form. Thus, immediately after the release it was banned and had been unnoticed for almost two decades. By bringing graphic artist Stasys Krasauskas’ works to life in the conditional spaces of “Reflections”, the director, only by means of images, creates a story about human’s duality, the search for self, liberation, accepting the agency of the past and a limited opportunity to choose.

Director: Viktoras Starošas
Duration: 0:30
Year: 1978

Love the Headmistress

The film, depicting the leading director of a foster home in Vilnius – an honoured teacher Viktorija Kaupelienė – and her colleagues, exposes a topic considered a taboo in the Soviet cinema. The movie deals with the problem of children who had been suffering from abuse and then taken away from their families. The atmosphere of the film is full of anxiety; it indirectly inquires about the situation of problem families which does not quite correspond with official reports. However, the film director is concerned not only with the social issues, but, also, he emphasizes the importance of children’s individual stories and the experiences of women, working in the foster home and having the role of a mother.

Director: Henrikas Šablevičius
Duration: 0:10
Year: 1973

A Trip Across Misty Meadows

The film of Henrikas Šablevičius continues the tradition of the Lithuanian poetic documentary. The epicenter of the movie is a nostalgic journey to the still unforgotten, familiar and valued world by means of a narrow-gauge railway train. While in the background one hears a story told by the narrow-gauge railway worker Povilas, the camera keeps wandering through a symbolic, archetypal space, common to the poetics of the Lithuanian cinema. Yet this picturesque idyll is being obscured by threatening reality: large machines, fast-moving trains and the construction of a railway, all of which symbolizes the inevitable “new world” that will finally annihilate the romantic portrayal of Lithuania as a country surrounded by nebulas and meadows.

Director: Robertas Verba
Duration: 0:20
Year: 1969

The Dreams of Centenarians

The characters of Verba’s movie are at least one hundred years old; they were born in the 19th century and are living in the same ancient spaces. They share their memories in front of the camera; they speak about their youth, romantic relationships and hardships they have survived. They shed some tears, celebrate birthdays with many beloved family members and even become entangled in some comical situations. At the same time, Verba includes some shots of young faces near the wrinkled centenarians, silently highlighting the ideas of the flow of time and the connection between different generations.

Director: Almantas Grikevičius
Duration: 0:20
Year: 1966

Time Passes Through the City

It is a unique Lithuanian documentary, as the main hero of the film is the city of Vilnius. Almantas Grikevičius chose such a synthesis of images and sounds which allows the time to wander across the city, freeze the moment, relive the past and return to the present. Metaphors, which are created by symbolic associations and editing, reveal the essential statehood periods of the Lithuanian history and the longing for a historically-based identity. “Time Passes through the City” is an unique historical representation, a record of reconsidering the historicity of Lithuania in the background of Vilnius.