World premiere

Five and a Half Love Stories in an Apartment in Vilnius, Lithuania - Rebels with a Cause Competition Winner 2023

Local title
Viis ja pool armastuslugu Vilniuse korteris - Põhjusega mässajad võistlusprogrammi võitja 2023
Original title
Penkios su puse meilės istorijos, nutikusios viename Vilniaus bute
Director
Tomas Vengris
Country
Lithuania, Ireland, Latvia
Year
2023
Festival
27th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Rebels with a Cause Competition
Genre
drama
Subject
interpersonal relationships, love, partying

The success of his debut feature “Motherland” (Winner of the Baltic Film Competition) inspired Tomas Vengris to pursue more complex storytelling bound by one place – an apartment in Vilnius.

The empty flat is rented to various guests from Israel, Hungary, Poland, and Ireland. With every online reservation, a new story of love, hate, hope, and guilt evolves between the walls of the old building. The humble host Jolanta prepares the place for new temporary guests. She never meets them, isn't aware of what is happening in the apartment and just leaves the key as instructed. The director expands short stories with slight hints, returning visits, and missing or stolen things. He interacts with loud neighbours and observes Jolanta’s developing relationship with a kind-hearted helper.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Tomas Vengris
Screenwriter
Tomas Vengris, Tatia Rosenthal
Cast
Velta Žygure, Vidas Petkevičius, Valene Kane, Jonas Braškys, Alison Oliver
Producer
Uljana Kim
Co-producer
Roberts Vinovskis, Alicia Ní Ghráinne
DoP
Jurgis Kmins
Editor
Tomas Vengris
Composer
Stephen Rennicks
Production
Studio Uljana Kim, Tiger Darling Productions, Studio Locomotive
Runtime
Language
Hebrew, Hungarian, English, Polish, Lithuanian
Subtitles
English
Director
Tomas Vengris

Tomas Vengris (1984) is a Lithuanian/American filmmaker. He received his BA from Columbia University and completed his M.F.A. in directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His directorial debut "Motherland", a Lithuanian, Latvian, German and Greek co-production, won the European Audience Award in the ArteKino Film Festival, Best Film in the Baltic Competition at the PÖFF Black Nights Film Festival and was selected in the Narrative Category for the 2020 European Film Awards. Tomas has worked as an editor under several internationally acclaimed writer/directors, including Terrence Malick, Kelly Reichardt, and Lena Dunham.

Filmography:
Gimtine (Kodumaa, PÖFF 2019), Penkios su puse meilės istorijos, nutikusios viename Vilniaus bute (Five and a Half Love Stories in an Apartment in Vilnius, Lithuania, 2023)

Producer
Uljana Kim

Uljana Kim graduated from the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VGIK) in 1993 and is a film critic by education.
She began her career in the cinema being the executive producer of the documentary Spring by Valdas Navasaitis, which won the best short film prize in Cinema du Reel 1997 Paris and the main prize in Oberhausen 1998. She founded Studio Uljana Kim in 1997 and has produced since then thirty three feature and documentary films.

KIEMAS / COURTYARD, 1999,
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0201707/
AŠ ESI TU /YOU AM I, 2006,
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0811164/
LOŠĖJAS / THE GAMBLER, 2013,
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2924336/
EATURE FILM ABOUT LIFE, 2021,
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15403134/
MARIUPOLIS 2, 2022,
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt20221546/

Screenings

4th Lux Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening120402 / Viis ja pool armastuslugu Vilniuse korteris
SubtitlesEnglish
Q&A guestsTomas Vengris (Director, Screenwriter, Editor), Uljana Kim (Producer), Velta Žygure (Cast), Zanete Skarule (Assistant Director)
Q&A duration
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Hall Electric Cinema, Tartu
Screening134203 / Viis ja pool armastuslugu Vilniuse korteris
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening170903 / Viis ja pool armastuslugu Vilniuse korteris
SubtitlesEnglish
Screening duration
Trailer
PÖFF TV - Meet the Filmmakers