Baltic View has started a new initiative showing films from the Baltic countries. The first official CINEMA EVENT with a Lithuanian documentary film MASTER AND TATYANA took place in London on the 14th of June at CINÉ LUMIÈRE - the French Institute. The event was a success - it was nearly sold out! Considering it was one of the hottest days of the year in London
The film's director Giedrė Žickytė attended the event, where the Q&A was conducted by another Lithuanian documentary film director Neringa Medutytė.
Inesa Ivanova, the head of Baltic View commented: "The film was well received and the audience was surprised to learn that Lithuania had many talented photographers during the occupation period and wanted to find out what impacted such a precedent. It proves once again that films from the Baltic countries are ready to travel."
The film has travelled throughout many established film festivals around the world and received many awards inluding 4 "Silver Cranes" awards during the Lithuanian National film awards in 2015. The documentary tells a story about the life of a famous Lithuanian photographer Vitas Luckus (1943-1987). He was an extremely colourful artist standing out from the Soviet era. Keeping a lion cub in his apartment seemed a norm to him. Vitas went beyond Lithuanian surroundings and documented the spontaneous reality of the Soviet Republics. His photographs, just like his eccentric lifestyle, make a long lasting impression even today. He lived in Vilnius with his beautiful wife Tatyana and together they were a vibrant couple of the ‘60s. Their home was always full of people, wine, nightlong conversations, guests from the farthermost places of the Soviet Union. It is a very personal story of love and life portraying a fragile connection with the past.
Event partners:Lithuanian Culture Attache in the United Kingdom Justė KostikovaitėOnline magazine Londonietė Ministry of Culture of the Republic of LithuaniaEmbassy of the Republic of Lithuania in LondonCINÉ LUMIÈRE - French InstituteLithuanian Culture Institute
Next month Baltic View in collaboration with Deptford Cinema is inviting Londoners to see the Baltic View season, showcasing three films: an Estonian film - The New WORLD, directed by JAAN TOOTSEN, a Lithuanian film - The Green Musketeers, directed by Jonas Ohman and a Latvian film - My Father the Banker, directed by Ieva Ozolina.