First Feature Competition


Historical, Drama, Social Issues
World Premiere


Director: Jurgis Matulevičius
Country: Lithuania, Poland
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:44
Language: German, Lithuanian, Russian
Producer: Stasys Baltakis
Screenwriter: Jurgis Matulevicius, Saule Bliuvaite, Nerijus Milerius
DoP: Narvydas Naujalis
Music: Agne Matuleviciute, Domas Strupinskas
Cast: Aleksas Kazanavicius, Severija Janusauskaite, Dainius Gavenonis, Dainius Kazlauskas, Martynas Nedzinskas
Production: Film Jam


Courageous and stylish film-noir examines the dangers of life under surveillance in Lithuania during Nazi invasion and darkest times of the Soviet occupation. Infamous Operation Barbarossa expanded to Kaunas in June of 1941. 40-60 Jews were tortured and brutally killed in the most horrible incident, known as the Lietūkis Garage Massacre. A simple neighbour Isaac was among unlucky victims.

Tragic event triggers a chain of fateful coincidences, suspicions, passions, false accusations and cold-hearted betrayals. Wounds of guilt remain unhealed for some witnesses and participants even 25 years later. Experienced film director Gediminas returns back home from the USA with rather good intentions to produce a historical drama on a screenplay with too accurate facts about bloody killings, which are still being investigated by fierce KGB agents. His crucial encounters with photographer Andrius will have unavoidable changes to the paths of their destinies. While searching for truth two men fall in love for mutual friend Elena.

A promising talent to follow Jurgis Matulevičius avoids easy compromises and portrays the black & white past with occasional bursts of colours and energetic music. He imaginatively clashes painfully unpleasant Lithuanian history and fictitious tales about filmmaking dreams, deeply hidden secrets, propaganda censorship, fears of prosecution. You will longly remember this challenging film without straight answers for splendid acting performances.

Edvinas Pukšta


Jurgis Matulevičius b. 1989) is a director, screenwriter and editor form Vilnius, Lithuania. He graduated from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy with a degree in film directing. Jurgis has worked with well-known Lithuanian film directors Šarūnas Bartas, Algimantas Puipa and others. He recently made 4 short films: “Absurd People” (2011), “Anima Animus” (2012), “Victim” (2013), “Interrogator” (2015) that were seen and evaluated well by critics, festivals and audiences in Lithuania and abroad. “Isaac” is his first feature. Currently he is working on a short documentary “The Golden Flask” where he is a Director of Photography as well.
  • Jurgis Matulevičius

    Wed, November 27, 2019


    Kino Sõprus, Tallinn

    Screening code: 130905
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Stasys Baltakis, Saulė Bliuvaitė, Jurgis Matulevičius, Domas Strupinskas, Severija Janusauskaite, Agne Matuleviciute, Narvydas Naujalis
    Screening duration: 02:14
    Language: German, Lithuanian, Russian

    Thu, November 28, 2019


    Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 5, Tallinn

    Screening code: 141301
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:44
    Language: German, Lithuanian, Russian

    Sat, November 30, 2019


    Athena Keskus, Tartu

    Screening code: 161901
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:44
    Language: German, Lithuanian, Russian






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