Over 60 films at Vilnius’s Spring Festival
by Annika Pham
One of the biggest film events in Lithuania, the Kinopavasaris, or Spring of Cinema International Film Festival, held in Vilnius, has been in full speed since opening on March 24. Over 60 recent international feature films – including 29 European films – are taking part of this high profile film event supported by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and the French, Italian, German and British Cultural Centres and embassies, among others.
The festival was originally created in 1995 under the auspices of the German and French embassies in Vilnius, which wanted to increase the visibility of their domestic films and the presence of European and non-Hollywood cinema on Lithuanian screens. Since then, the number of films screening at the festival has increased steadily every year and the event itself, under the aegis of Vida Ramaskiene, now plays a key role as a testing ground for Lithuanian distributors willing to take a risk on non-Hollywood titles.
Twenty-nine recent European films are screening this year, of which nine are French productions and co-productions, including The Child [+see also:
interview: Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile], Go, See and Become [+see also:
interview: Denis Carot
interview: Didar Domehri
interview: Radu Mihaileanu
film profile], Merry Christmas: Joyeux Noel [+see also:
interview: Christian Carion
interview: Christophe Rossignon
film profile] and Hidden [+see also:
interview: Margaret Menegoz
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile]. There are also Italian titles (L’estate di mio fratello, La Febbre [+see also:
film profile], The Tiger and the Snow [+see also:
film profile]), German (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days [+see also:
film profile]), Danish (Allegro [+see also:
film profile] and Adam’s Apples [+see also:
interview: Anders Thomas Jensen
interview: Mads Mikkelsen
interview: Tivi Magnusson
film profile]), Finnish (Mother of Mine, and the Argentinian/Spanish El Metodo and Iluminados por el fuego.
The programme also includes nine feature films from Asia, two films from Australia, 13 films from North and South America, two films from Africa and seven Lithuanian documentaries.
The festival closes on April 7 with the screening of Heaven’s Doors, the eye-catching directorial debut by Moroccan/Spanish directors Swel and Imad Noury that screened in Berlin’s Panorama section last February.
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.