VILNIUS: Karolis Kaupinis's first feature film Nova Lituania is in the final stage of postproduction.
Produced by Marija Ruzgutė, the film is set in the late 1930’s. Foreseeing the upcoming war in Europe, Lithuanian geographer Feliksas Gruodis comes up with an idea to save his country by establishing a Lithuanian colony overseas. The plan is a massive exodus to the so called Reserve Lithuania in case of occupation. Feliksas tries to sell his idea to one of the most important persons of the state, a grey cardinal of the president, the Prime Minister. Having dismissed the idea at first, soon the Prime Minister experiences a stroke as the country gets the first signs of war at its borders. As the president uses the Prime Minister’s illness to turn him into a scapegoat, the Prime Minister gets back to Feliksas, persuades him to reveal his plan and offers his help. The cast includes Aleksas Kazanavicius, Vaidotas Martinaitis, Valentinas Masalskis, Rasa Samuolyte, Eglė Gabrėnaitė, Darius Meškauskas.
Shooting started on 15 March 2018 and lasted till 20 April 2018.
The film was supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre with 312,000 EUR in 2017 and 242,000 EUR in 2018. The film also used the incentives scheme and received 112,040 EUR.
Karolis Kaupinis holds an MA in Comparative Politics and works as an international news editor in Lithuanian National TV. His ﬁrst short ﬁction ﬁlm The Noisemaker was selected for the Pardi di domani competion in the Locarno Film Festival and has been travelling around festivals ever since, winning several awards in the Baltics.
The premiere is set for September 2019.
Producer: M-Films (Lithuania)
Credits:Director and Scriptwriter: Karolis Kaupinis DOP: Simonas GlinskisCast: Aleksas Kazanavicius, Vaidotas Martinaitis, Valentinas Masalskis, Rasa Samuolyte, Eglė Gabrėnaitė, Darius MeškauskasEditing: Silvija VilkaitėProduction designer: Audrius DumikasSound director: Julius GrigelionisProducer: Marija Razgutė