Lina Lužytė asks Do You Love Me
by Stefan Dobroiu
- The director’s first fiction feature will be presented in the Agora Works in Progress programme at Thessaloniki
Among the projects to be presented during the Agora Works in Progress programme at the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (31 October - 9 November) is Do You Love Me [+see also:
film profile], a Lithuanian-Romanian co-production by first-time fiction-feature director Lina Lužytė. The production is represented at the festival by Lithuanian producer Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, of production outfit Just a Moment, and her Romanian counterpart, Iuliana Târnoveţchi (Alien Film Production).
The film’s team hopes to find co-production and distribution partners for this family drama currently in post-production. Do You Love Me received support from the Lithuanian National Film Center.
The screenplay, written by the director, tells the story of a family of three, but instead of focusing on the mother, the father and their 11-year-old daughter, Lužytė tackles their relationship as the main character. At first, they simply exist next to each other, rather than living together, but the atmosphere will change when a water pipe bursts and floods their neighbours downstairs. A minor misadventure in the life of a normal family will become a great challenge in theirs.
The domestic release is expected for 2015 or 2016.
Born in 1985 in Vilnius, Lužytė directed It Would Be Splendid, Yet, a short film selected at more than 15 international film festivals. She also directed a documentary, Igrushki (Toys), which centres on the violation of human rights in Belarus.