11/18/2020 08:00 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater

Lithuania/Latvia/Ukraine/Spain 2019 90 min Lithuanian and Ukrainian original version with English subtitles
German premiere

by Ignas Jonynas

Script: Ignas Jonynas, Kristupas Sabolius, DoP: Denys Lushchyk, Editor: Paulius Zavadskis, Production: Magic Films, Locomotive Productions, Limelite, Nephilim Producciones, Producerin: Kristina Ramanauskaite, Cast: Dainius Kazlauskas, Paulina Taujanskaite, Darius Bagdziunas, Alexandr Ignatusha

A former dancer Jonas pretends to be blind to enter a TV dance competition. He meets his new dance partner Saulė who at first is disturbed by Jonas’ disability, but soon enough discomfort gives way to genuine interest and the couple becomes the most popular contestants of the show. At the same time Vytas, someone from Jonas’ past, is released from prison after serving a sentence for murdering his wife Marija. Vytas is afflicted with contradictory feelings: he is convinced that his wife’s ex-lover Jonas is equally responsible for her death.

“There’s much to enjoy here, from the gripping performances, particularly from Taujanskaité and Bagdziunas to the handsome cinematography from Denis Luschick, showing bags of potential in his first feature.” (

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Ignas Jonynas, born in Vilnius/Lithuania in 1971, is a film director and writer. He studied Theatre and TV Directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He has written and directed two fictional short films: SUNDAY AS IT IS and THE DANCING WORM. In 2013, his debut feature film, THE GAMBLER, had its world premiere at San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film was screened at numerous festivals around the world and won, among others, the Special Jury Award at the Warsaw Film Festival and six Silver Crane Awards in Lithuania. His latest feature film SWEAT premiered at San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2019.

Awards: Glocal in Progress Award to Ignas Jonynas (San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain 2019)

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