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Children from the Hotel America - the coolest film of the 90'ies


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This year celebrating the centenary of the restoration of Independence of the Republic of Lithuania, we invite you to immerse yourself in the euphoric 90’ies, time of freedom, faith and unity in the Baltics.

Arūnas Matelis short film "Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus" and Raimundas Banionis feater film "The Children from the Hotel "America" " featured feelings and wibe of the time - great examples of the cinematography and important historic artifacts.

After the screening a meeting with the film director Raimundas Banionis will be held. Tomas Tengmar, Swedish film researcher will moderate the conversation (in English).

The Children from the Hotel “America“
1990, 89 min, Lithuanian with English subtitiles
Directed by Raimundas Banionis, prod. Lithuanian Film Studio

The film revolves around the lives of teenagers in Soviet Lithuania. The protagonists of the film are fans of rock'n'roll music which is banned in the USSR and are interested in the hippie movement, secretly listening to the Luxembourg radio. They all live in a house which was formerly a hotel, called "America". Events of “Kaunas' spring” affect them as they are involved. After their attempt to send a letter to the Luxembourg radio, teenagers would become suspects to the KGB.

Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus
1991, 10 min, Lithuanian with English subtitiles
Directed by Arūnas Matelis, prod. studio "Nominum"

This film is considered to be a manifesto of the post-Soviet generation of Lithuanian filmmakers who rejected the straightforward declarative approach and immersed themselves into the silent observation of reality. Film director observes the daily life of the inhabitants of Užupis – a historical quarter of the old town of Vilnius. One of the heroes of the film is a tiny fellow with an ear-flap cap. Feeling like home, he hangs around Užupis; his parole is the mosaic of Lithuanian, Russian, Polish and Yiddish words. This queer character is like a walking spirit of Užupis – scanty yet free.

Lithuanian films as part of the Stockholm Cinematheque program will be featured for the first time. Curated three-part program offers to experience some of the best films of the Lithuanian movie classics. The program consists of three documentary and three feature films, produced between 1966 and 1991 by six prominent Lithuanian film directors.

May 1, 6 pm, Victor (Filmhuset) Borgvägen 1-5, Stockholm
The second evening we invite you to a visual historical journey through the joyful, modern Vilnius still under the light shadow of the Cold War. Almantas Grikevičius short film "Time Passes Through the City"(1966) with an exceptional for that time in Lithuanian cinema montage and a subtle Arūnas Žebriunas's film "The Beauty" (1969) with an exclusive soundtrack by Viačeslavas Ganelinas.
May 14 at 6.30 pm, Zita, Birger Jarlsgatan 37, Stockholm
In the third part of the program we propose to watch films by the most prominent directors in the Lithuanian film history. The pioneer of the Lithuanian poetic documentary film school Robertas Verba short film "The Dreams of the Centenarians" (1969) and metaphysical, slow cinema guru Šarūnas Bartas one of the first films "Three Days" (1991).

More info on the whole Balticum 100 film program http://www.filminstitutet.se/sv/se-och-samtala-om-film/cinemateket-stockholm/teman/?serieId=2245&cityId=1

A great thank-TACK goes to director of the Stockholm Cinemateque Danial Brännström and programmer Tora Berg for co-organising the event.

In the partnership with: Lithuanian Film Centre, NGO "Meno avilys", Lithuanian Cultural Institute, film studio "Kinema", film studio "Nominum", Lithuanian Theater, Music and Film Museum.

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