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Lithuanian film screenings in Canadian film festivals in November
In November 2021, two Canadian film festivals will screen movies by Lithuanian authors. We are sharing information about the movies and festivals, and invite you to actively participate!
Calgary European Film Festival 2021 – November 6-14
We invite you to the physical and online screening of a movie “Motherland” (Gimtinė) by Lithuanian director Tomas Vengris during the Calgary European Film Festival! Lithuanian cinema is represented at CEFF for the first time.
About “Motherland”: 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.
About CEFF: This November, the Calgary European Film Festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The 2021 festival takes place from November 6 to 14 with a showcase of the best contemporary European films at Globe Cinema and Online. See 26 bold European selections from 26 different European countries. Travel to Europe, without even getting on a plane.
“Motherland” will be available for streaming online on November 6-14 and a live screening at the Globe Cinema 2 in Calgary, AB, on Sunday, November 14th at 3:30PM.
More information and tickets: https://calgaryeuropeanfilmfestival.ca/
European Union Film Festival 2021 – November 12-28
Join us on November 23 for the online screening of an immersive Lithuanian documentary “The Jump” by director Giedrė Žickytė at European Union Film Festival 2021!
About „The Jump“: In 1970, just off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Lithuanian sailor and would-be defector Simas Kudirka jumped off his Soviet vessel aboard a US coast guard cutter, asking for asylum. His leap for freedom set off a chaotic series of events, leading to one of the biggest political muddles during the Cold War.
Through eye-witness reports, rare archival footage and a dramatic first-person re-enactment by now 90-year-old would-be defector Simas Kudirka, director Giedrė Žickytė takes us on a stranger-than-fiction journey that became an inspiration for people, pictures and politics, reaching all the way up to the White House.
About EUFF: We would like to invite you to the virtual European Union Film Festival, which will take place from November 12th until November 28th everywhere in Canada! You will have a wonderful opportunity to watch 27 European movies in different genres. Each film will be ‘live’ online for a 48-hour period, which gives you plenty of time to watch them. All films are presented in their original languages with English, and, in some cases, French subtitles.
After the success of the 2020 virtual EUFF, the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), The Cinematheque in Vancouver, and the European Union Film Festival of Toronto have reunited to organize and host the 2021 virtual edition. As in the past, the festival is also hosted in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the diplomatic missions of European Union Member States. Together, these partnerships provide a unique opportunity to experience the rich cultures of each European Union Member State across Canada all from the comfort of one’s own home.
More information and tickets: https://www.cfi-icf.ca/euff