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Lithuanian Animation Retrospective (15)

October 27, 2012
2:00 pm

Lithuanian Animation has a history dating back one hundred years. In the beginning was one of the greatest pioneers of animation, self- taught filmmaker Ladislas Starewitch. This retrospective, spanning almost 100 years and lovingly put together by animation historian Dasa Vanova, features puppet, hand-drawn, cutout, shadow theatre techniques and computer generated films and a very dark streak of humour that runs throughout.

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of LithuaniaSpecial thanks to the Lithuanian Embassy in London, Daiva Parulskiene, Rita Valiukonytė, Dasa Vanova and the Anifest Festival in the Czech Republic.

Animation historian Dasa Vanova will introduce this screening and take questions afterwards, along with Urte Budinaite, Lithuanian animator, whose film Independence Day is screening.

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‘The Insects´ Christmas’ (Ladislas Starewitch, 1913)

The Insects' Christmas, Ladislas Starewitch, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A Father Christmas ornament climbs down from a decorated tree and goes to the forest to spread cheer among the insects and frogs. One of the first ever animated films made by the godfather of stop-motion using live beetles and other bugs.

Lithuania, 6’00

‘The Wolf and the Tailor / Vilkas ir siuvėjas’ (Zenonas Tarakevičius, 1966)

The Wolf and the Tailor / Vilkas ir siuvėjas, Zenonas Tarakevičius, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012Sometimes a measuring tape, a pair of scissors and an iron are all you need to defeat a wolf.  The very first Lithuanian hand-drawn animation is based on a fairytale with a timeless poetic quality.

Lithuania, 7’35

‘Initiative / Iniciatyva’ (Antanas Janauskas, 1970)

Initiative / Iniciatyva, Antanas Janauskas, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012The consequences of selfless assistance and the path to Hell can be paved with good intentions. This film was created as a response to the events of the Prague Spring of 1968.

Lithuania, 4’00

‘The Tree / Medis’ (Nijolė Valadkevičiūtė, 1983)

The Tree / Medis, Nijolė Valadkevičiūtė, London International Animation Festival, 2012A nine-headed dragon chases a girl who is saved by a magic tree.

Lithuania, 5’09

‘Bogeyman / Baubas’ (Ilja Bereznickas, 1987)

Bogeyman / Baubas, Ilja Bereznickas, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012Even a bogeyman can be your friend, once you see through his tricks.

Lithuania, 10’00

‘The Secret of a Cactus / Kaktuso paslaptis’ (Valentas Aškinis, 1988)

The Secret of a Cactus / Kaktuso paslaptis, Valentas Aškinis, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A fairytale about a love that is more powerful than anger.

Lithuania, 5’00

‘Generosity/Dosnumas’ (Zenonas Šteinys, 1988)

Generosity / Dosnumas, Zenonas Šteinys, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012Ranked among the top ten best Soviet films ever, the dreamy images map the basic phases of human life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

Lithuania, 10’00

‘The Chair / Kėdė’ (Antanas Janauskas, 1995)

The Chair / Kėdė, Antanas Janauskas, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A minimalist classic. Officials change, the chair stays.

Lithuania, 1’00

‘Metamorphoses / Metamorfozės’ (Jūratė Leikaitė, 1996)

Metamorphoses / Metamorfozės, Jūratė Leikaitė, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A subtle study of interpersonal relationships set against the backdrop of an old system collapsing and a new one taking place.

Lithuania, 7’00

‘The Tail / Uodega’ (Rasa Jonikaitė, 2007)

Tail / Uodega, Rasa Jonikaitė, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A fox and a wolf, friendship and betrayal, and the relationships between animals and people.

Lithuania, 5’35

‘Bridge / Tiltas’ (Ieva Miškinytė, 2007)

Bridge / Tiltas, Ieva Miškinytė, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012Based on a Franz Kafka story – cut-outs, hand-drawn images and photo’s collide to depict a philosophical story of life’s continual challenges.

Lithuania, 4’00

‘Ragana – A Witch´s Magic / Ragana – raganos burtai’ (Antanas Skučas, 2008)

agana - A Witch´s Magic / Ragana - raganos burtai, Antanas Skučas, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012This witch has made a pact with the devil – and everything goes into the mix.

Lithuania, 1’23

‘Synchronization / Sinchronizacija’ (Rimas Sakalauskas, 2009)

Synchronization / Sinchronizacija, Rimas Sakalauskas, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A film for lovers of drifting, rotational objects – starring a library of abandoned factories, towers, chimneys, antennas, electricity installations and other devices.

Lithuania, 8’15

‘Independence Day’ (Urte Budinaite, 2012)

Independence Day, Urte Budinaite, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, 2012A man escapes the radio looking for freedom. At least he finds his lost hat.

Lithuania, 6’00