Lithuanian Film Competes at Oberhausen


    VILNIUS: The short film Aldona by Lithuanian video artist Emilija Škarnulytė is screening in the competition programme of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, running through 7 May 2013.

    The 25 year old director tells the story of her grandmother, who lost her sight as a result of the accident at the Chernobyl Power Plant. 

    “This documentary film is based on a true-life story of my grandmother Aldona from Druskininkai in Lithuania. In 1986 April one day, without any particular reason, Aldona lost her vision. Doctors silently were claiming that it probably happened due to Chernobyl’s Nuclear Power Plant accident occurred on 26 April 1986 in Ukrainian USSR. Her eye nerves got poisoned,” Škarnulytė said.

    The video documentary portrays a blind woman's walk in the Grūtas Park of Soviet sculptures composed to provoke reflection and the aesthetic experience.

    The film will also have a special screening at the Kaunas International Film Festival taking place 25 September – 6 October 2013.