Leos Carax visits Vilnius ahead of retrospective at 20th Vilnius IFF
by Laurence Boyce
- The director came to the Lithuanian capital to present a screening of Holy Motors
The Vilnius International Film Festival has announced the first programme for its 20th edition, due to be held between 19 March and 2 April 2015.
The festival will provide a focus on French director Leos Carax, with a full retrospective of his work. The programme will range from the “Alex trilogy” – Boy Meets Girl (1984), The Night Is Young (1986) and The Lovers on the Bridge (1991) – to later titles such as Pola X (1999) and, of course, Holy Motors [+see also:
interview: Leos Carax
film profile] (2012). The retrospective will also include Tessa Louise-Salomé’s documentary on Carax, Mr Leos CaraX [+see also:
film profile] (2014).
Carax first visited Vilnius International Film Festival in 1996 and recently returned to hold a screening of Holy Motors in anticipation of the forthcoming retrospective. The screening, held at the Forum Cinemas Vingis in the centre of Vilnius, was followed by a Q&A between Carax and Kristupas Sabolius, a Lithuanian philosopher and the screenwriter for the recent Lithuanian hit The Gambler [+see also:
interview: Ignas Jonynas
You can watch the Q&A here.
Kino Pavasaris – as the Vilnius IFF is also known – is the largest cinematic event in Lithuania, known and loved for its high-quality film programme and rich accompanying package of cinema-related events, workshops and special initiatives. In March every year, Vilnius IFF presents more than 200 films, and in 2014, almost 100,000 people attended the gathering.