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The Corridor

Šarūnas Bartas
Koridorius
Germany, Lithuania 1995 / 80’

Bartas sends his hero (with himself in the role) through the rooms of a damaged apartment building in Vilnius and, at the same time, on journey through time and memory. Using images and gestures, as well as an incredibly intense soundtrack, he tells the story of several random characters through a series of loosely connected scenes. A young man peeks inside several apartments and observes people gathering on the square in front of the building. One of the main themes that is difficult to place within the plot as a whole are the initiation adventures of a teenage boy, which may suggest that, in The Corridor, Bartas is telling us something about his own maturation, about the experiences (including in terms of esthetics) that shaped his generation. Exceptionally visually pleasing are the scenes of social events organized at the building. This sort of spectacle of expressive faces, enticing in their literalness, cannot be found in any of Bartas’s other films. This human menagerie—drunk and out of control, strange and excessive—is so beautiful in its authenticity that we forget about the poverty and infirmity of the world from which it comes.

Agnieszka Szeffel

awards

Thessaloniki FF 1995 – Special Artistic Achievement; Torino International Festival of Young Cinema 1995 – C.I.C.A.E. Award; Viennale 1995 – FIPRESCI Prize

Šarūnas Bartas

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.

Filmography

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

Cast & Crew

director Šarūnas Bartas
screenplay Šarūnas Bartas
cinematography Vladas Naudžius, Rimvydas Leipus
editing Mingailė Murmulaitienė
cast Mantvydas Janeliūnas, Daiva Kšivickienė, Šarūnas Bartas, Viacheslav Amirhanian, Katerina Golubeva
producer Šarūnas Bartas, Ilona Ziok
production Hubert Bals Fund, Why Not Productions, Ministry of culture Lithuania, Studio Kinema, TV-Ventures
sales Studio Kinema
colouration b&w