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Külalised: Jurgis Matulevičius, director; Stasys Baltakis, cast; Saulė Bliuvaitė, Crew

WORLD PREMIERE

Isaac

Iisak
Izaokas

First Feature Competition

Lithuania, Poland
2019, 91 min

Dir: Jurgis Matulevičius
Prod: Stasys Baltakis
Scr: 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
Language: leedu, saksa, vene / Lithuanian, German, Russian

Synopsis

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. On 25th to 27th of June 1941 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

Director

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.

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