PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

World premiere

Songs for a Fox

Local title
Laulud rebastele
Title in Russian
Песни для лис
Original title
Dainos lapei
Director
Kristijonas Vildziunas
Country
Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Official Selection
Genre
drama

Magical fantasy, heart-rending drama, rocky musical are merged with Greek mythology, post-soviet realities, gorgeous nature adventures, dream space visions and newly recorded songs by cult Lithuanian band 'Šiaurės kryptis' (may be translated as Northern Direction) in awesomely creative co-production collaboration of all three Baltic Countries. Estonian 3D animation, practical & visual effects, Latvian camera, set designs & decorations and Lithuanian sounds, costumes & storytelling joined forces for visionary surreal fable about eternity of love, edited by French Lady D. Sichov (actress of Abel Ferrara’s recent movies 'Syberia' and 'Zeros and Ones').

Rocker Dainius (real musician L. Malinauskas, whom you can also spot in 'Cinephilia' and 'Runner') passionately researching the meanings of dreams and learning how to read them. Loner’s heart is broken, but he hopes to meet suddenly lost wife (Latvian actress A. Cirule seen 'The Sign Painter' in POFF24), who can’t visit Dainius anymore in a togetherly constructed remote forest dome, surrounded by swamps. The only chance to communicate with her may happen only in bizarre and sometimes weird dreams, which help to disperse inner pains of longing and suffering. Dainius befriends a curious local boy for necessary assistance, but his absence from illegal deeds at home is reported to the police by irresponsible parents.

It is a rare opportunity to not only experience the director's captivating imaginary netherworld, but also hear his voice. Especially for this film, recorded songs are performed by K. Vildžiūnas himself. Longly before the first feature film “The Lease” (selected for “Orizzonti” of Venice IFF in 2002) Kristijonas played and sang in 'Šiaurės kryptis', which was instantly adored by fans, but split up just after the only album in 1994 and then gathered for recordings of soundtrack of Kristijonas’ historical Baltic Way drama 'Seneca’s Day' in 2017. Before that He represented Lithuania in 'Un Certain Regard' of Festival de Cannes with 'You Am I', which also got a Special Jury Prize in POFF in 2006.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Kristijonas Vildziunas
Screenwriter
Kristijonas Vildziunas
Cast
Lukas Malinauskas, Agnese Cirule, Rokas Rinkevicius, Mantas Zemleckas, Saulius Bareikis
Producer
Uljana Kim
DoP
Jurgis Kmins
Editor
Dounia Sichov
Music
Zigmantas Butautis, Kristijonas Vildziunas
Production
Studio Uljana Kim, Studio Locomotive, Eesti Joonisfilm
Runtime
Language
Lithuanian
Subtitles
Estonian, English

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening100103 / Laulud rebastele
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsKristijonas Vildžiūnas, Zigmantas Butautis, Gintarė Jonaitytė, Lukas Malinauskas, Mantas Zemleckas
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Hall Athena Center
Screening122103 / Laulud rebastele
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 6 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening160404 / Laulud rebastele
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Trailer