The 20th International Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris (Cinema Spring) opened Thursday night at the National Philharmonic in Vilnius. The Festival presents over 250 films including Lithuanian and foreign film retrospectives and main international awarded-winning films
On 19th March – 2nd April, cinema-goers in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Panavėžys and Šiauliai will be able to enjoy nearly a thousand film sessions and watch 272 films that are divided into 16 programmes that include sessions for Oscar nominees, two competition programmes, a Baltic film programme and retrospectives of films by two selected film directors
The programme “New Europe – New Names” presents ten films focusing on social issues. The programme includes one Lithuanian film “Sangailės Vasara” directed by Alantė Kavaitė that won an award for best directing in the prestigious Sundance festival.
The Baltic film programme presents 11 films produced by directors from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany and Russia.
An Academy Award winning director Michel Hazanavicius, who has Lithuanian origins, is to visit to the festival. He will present his latest film “The Search” that focuses on the war in Chechnya.
The festival also brings a retrospective of films by the legendary French director Leos Carax. He is also planning to visit Vilnius.
One more special guest comes from Columbia – he is the former mayor of Bogota and a presidential candidate Antanas Mockus. He has given a promise to the organizers of the festival to attend the viewing of the film “Bogota” by a Danish director Andreas Mol Dalsgaard that covers the presidential campaign of Mr Mockus.
Academy Award winning films like “Birdman”, “Timbuktu”, “Leviathan” and “Citizenfour” will also be viewed.
The Lithuanian film programme includes 53 titles out of which 37 are short films.