Ladislaw Starewich's studio
Lithuania draws deeply from the same well
that has sustained eastern European animation since the artform
was invented. Infused with elements of dark fairytales; centuries
of sculptural and visual arts practice; a certain need to
‘surrealise’ narratives for political purposes;
and the full range of social and cultural influences, challenges
and upheavals; the best Lithuanian animation can be challenging
and compelling in equal measure as well as being able to offer
a window into the history of the country for those with the
right eyes. And it all started 100 years ago when one of the
founding fathers of animation, Ladlislaw Starewich, started
manipulating his little bugs, which enthralled audiences as
much then as they do now.
LITHUANIA, 6’29, 1913
The film that started it all. An absolute
classic from one of the true Godfathers of animation, who created
many of the stop-motion rules and techniques still in use to
LITHUANIA, 4’06, 1970
Although not immediately obvious, this film
was created as one artist’s restrained but condemnatory
response to the events of the Prague Spring of 1968.
Tree / Medis
LITHUANIA, 5’08, 1983
A surrealist, cut-out, tour-de-force featuring
a cast of fascinating prehistoric monsters rampaging across
an ever changing landscape full of constantly erupting surprises.
Secret Of A Cactus /
LITHUANIA, 5’30, 1988
A classic, Lithuanian fairytale interwoven
with a number of paths that all lead to the prickly truth that
– ultimately – love triumphs over anger.
LITHUANIA, 10’04, 1987
Even a card-carrying bogeyman comes with
his own treasure trove of tricks, illusions and conjurings.
But they are only as powerful as you let them be and it’s
possible to turn the most wily of bogeymen into your friend
if you persevere.
LITHUANIA, 10’05, 1988
Regarded as one of the finest Soviet films
ever made and a quintessential visualisation of the existential
phases that make up our lives.
Chair / Kede
LITHUANIA, 1’00, 1995
A cuttingly simple treatise on the cold,
relentlessness of bureaucracy. The man may change but the chair
and the system lives on.
LITHUANIA, 6’16, 1996
A mad, mad discordant study of interpersonal
relationships embedded within a cultural shift that insinuates
the collapse of an old system in the midst of a new order taking
LITHUANIA, 4’07, 2007
Remorselessly mining the rich vein of a
Kafka story, this tumultuous collision of cut-outs, hand-drawn
images and photos, sheets home an acerbic philosophical story
of life’s continual challenges.
- A Witch's Magic /
Ragana - Raganos Burtai
LITHUANIA, 1'00, 2008
A witch makes a special deal with the devil,
knowing that it is forever.
Cabbage / Zuikio Kopustai
LITHUANIA, 5'35, 2011
A beautifully crafted childrens film based
on a traditional Lithuanian fairytale about a rabbit who tries
to get some cabbage seeds from heaven to plant in his garden.
LITHUANIA, 5’47, 2012
A cryptic story about the vast metaphorical
lost and found, people and buttons, and the invisible yarn that
connects and binds them all.
LITHUANIA, 5’40, 2012
Making his unlikely escape and bid for freedom
through the back of a radio, a man gains both more and less
than he bargained for.
May Meet, We May Not
LITHUANIA, 5’25, 2011
One of the most captivating and fascinating
films we received this year. The strengths and the fragilities
of the relationship that exists between parents and children
are tested against the background of a foreboding forest that
offers no obvious escape.
Reda (Bartkute) Tomingas
LITHUANIA, 5'22, 2013
A lonely fox isolates herself from the world
to enjoy the pleasures of being tormented by guilt. But as the
days go by, and as her world begins to crumble, she must choose
between madness and reconciliation.
no dialogue / S = subtitles