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Gimtine (Motherland)

MOTHERLAND

Tomas Vengris

06.09 Galeries 21:30
Fiction . 96' . Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Greece . 2019 . LT/EN/RU / ST : EN/FR/NL

This film has been selected at Busan international film festival 2019

Shortly after the fall of the USSR, 12-year-old Kovas travels to his mother Viktorija’s homeland for the first time. It has been 20 years since she escaped Soviet-Occupied Lithuania and has now returned to reclaim her beloved family estate. Viktorija’s former flame, Romas, claims to have useful connections and escorts them to the family land. When they find the tattered estate occupied by an impoverished Russian family, they must consider how far they are willing to go to keep their dreams intact.

STARRING

Matas Metlevski

Severija Janušauskaitė

Darius Gumauskas

Barbora Bareikytė

WRITER

Tomas Vengris

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Audrius Kemežys

SOUND

Saulius Urbanavičius

MUSIC

Kārlis Auzāns

FILM EDITING

Gintarė Sokelytė

PRODUCTION

Studio Uljana Kim

Locomotive Productions

DISTRIBUTION

Alpha Violet (sales)

Tomas Vengris

Tomas Vengris grew up the son of Lithuanian immigrants in Washington, DC. He received his BA from Columbia University. After working as a corporate consultant for a year, he decided to drop everything and pursue his lifelong passion of filmmaking. He began working as a film editor and soon after completed his M.F.A in Directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, CA. MOTHERLAND is Tomas Vengris’ feature directorial debut. It was shot and edited in Vilnius, Lithuania. Previously, he found success with his short films. KALIFORNIJA, his AFI Thesis film about Lithuanian immigrants in Los Angeles, was a national finalist in the Student Academy Awards, distinguishing it as one of the best narrative student films in the United States. His following short film, SQUIRREL, premiered in the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. Tomas Vengris has worked as an editor under several internationally acclaimed writer/directors, including Terrence Malick, Kelly Reichardt, and Lena Dunham. To date, he has been the lead editor on six feature films, many garnering significant international praise, including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

FILMOGRAPHY

2012 : KALIFORNIJA (short)

2015 : SQUIRREL (short)

2019 : MOTHERLAND

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