Bartas’s first full-length feature was modeled on romantic films. In search of erotic adventures, two young Lithuanians leave their village home and head to the big city, played by post-Soviet Kaliningrad in winter. They meet some young Russian girls at a seaside square and then spend three days with them, silently hanging out in the streets, trying to get a room at a hotel for workers, and observing life in an apartment building packed with people. Bartas avoids all manner of attractions, dialog, and cause-and-effect relationships. The action in the film is made up of long periods of waiting for something that, if it even comes, is hidden in conjecture, replaced by an ellipsis. The painterly composition of each frame was thought through right down to the tiniest detail, the colors reduced to a minimum, and the world represented was constructed with the addition of sound, which plays a creative role. The film stars, among others, Bartas’s muse, Katerina Golubeva—who would later appear in films by Leos Carax, Claire Denis, and Bruno Dumont—and Audrius Stonys, one of the directors from Kinema.
Berlin IFF 1992 (Forum of New Cinema) – FIPRESCI Prize – Honorable Mention, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention; Fantasporto 1992 – Directors’ Week Award
Born in 1964 in Šiauliai, Lithuania, Šarūnas Bartas is a director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and composer. He studied Direction at the Moscow Film School. In 1989, he founded Lithuanian’s first independent film studio, Kinema, which became the focal point for the young Lithuanian cinema that was emerging at the time and developing in terms of its creativity. He made his full-length debut in 1999 with Three Days, which captured the Ecumenical Jury and FIPRESCI awards at the Berlin International Film Festival. He has been collaborating with producer Paulo Branco for many years.
1986 Tofolaria (short, co-dir. Valdas Navasaitis)
1990 Pamięć minionych dni / Praejusios dienos atminimui / In Memory of The Day Passed By (short)
1991 Trzy dni / Trys dienos / Three Days
1995 Korytarz / Koridorius / The Corridor
1996 Niewielu nas / Mūsų nedaug / Few of Us
1997 Dom / A Casa / The House
2000 Wolność / Laisve / Freedom
2004 Wizje Europy / Visions of Europe (segment Children Lose Nothing)
2005 Siedmiu niewidzialnych ludzi / Septyni nematomi zmones / Seven Invisible Men
2010 Euroazjata / Eurazijos Aborigenas / Eastern Drift