The first short Lithuanian movies were made in 1909 by Antanas Račiūnas who filmed his native village and Vladislav Starevich who made a short film Prie Nemuno (By the Nieman River). The first film producing companies were founded in 1920s and few features Lithuanian films were shot (The Soldier Lithuania's Defender, Onytė ir Jonelis). During the Soviet occupation period Lithuanian artists worked under pressure of KGB, but famous Lithuanian directors (Vytautas Prano Žalakevičius, Vytautas Mikalauskas) filmed interesting, original and socially important Lithuanian movies. At the end of 1980s the first independent film studio was founded by Šarūnas Bartas. The most interesting directors have been: Vytautas Žalakevičius (Žvėris išeinantis is jūros (The Beast Emerging from the Sea) - 1992) and Algimantas Puipa (Vilko dantų karoliai (A Wolf Teeth Necklace) - 1997). Also Lithuanian actress Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė has had a number of small roles in some Hollywood blockbusters (Mission: Impossible (1996) and Seven Years in Tibet (1997).

Rating: 4.4 out of 10 (9 votes)

Kelione per Lietuva

British artist and cultural historian David Ellis first came to Lithuania almost twenty years ago. Driven by a curiosity about post-Soviet culture, he has continued to visit frequently over the years. In this film, Ellis travels through Lithuania's towns, meeting people and discussing how twenty years of independence reflect on their lives. This journey documents Ellis' encounters with present-day Lithuania and compares it to his early experiences, providing a capture of the tempo and level of success of the transition.

Rating: 6.4 out of 10 (36 votes)

Anarchija Zirmunuose

Young provincial girl VILE comes to the big town with ambitions about high education. She tries to find a rented apartment for living and notices a hand-made sticker with anarchy symbols on it. Leaded by strange sticker Vile; meets boyish looking and always wearing a T-Shirt with anarchy symbol on it girl SANDRA. Mutual sympathy and... Vile becomes Sandra's tenant...

Rating: 6.9 out of 10 (14250 votes)

Transsiberian

A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers.

Rating: 7 out of 10 (457 votes)

Whisper of Sin

A nearly-suicidal, young woman visits a psychotherapist. She is in love with a priest, and the diagnosis of her husband's mental illness leaves no hope. The psychotherapist, in her attempts to resolve the amassed difficulties, seemingly begins to duplicate the life stages and behavioral patterns of her patient. A script for this film is based on motifs from the best-seller, scandalous novel, Witch and Rain, by female author, Jurga Ivanauskaite. By choosing a priest as the main role for a love story, the author broke an existing societal taboo. Faith, Love and Hope form the trilogy by the authors of this screenplay. Love stands as the grandest of the three.


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