In Few of Us, Bartas gets away from culture, from the city, which for him was the location of his liveliest exploration, but he continues to intrigue with his original vision of cinema on the border between feature and documentary, with a poetic landscape, human faces, and the melancholy of ruins. He met the small community of Tofolars living in Soviet Buryatia in the eastern part of the Sajan Mountains while filming his now-lost short fiction film Tofolaria. In this full-length treatment, he tells the story of a tired young girl (Katerina Golubeva), most likely his alter ego, who returns to her Siberian village, and perhaps it is her very presence that provokes the dramatic events that follow. Beyond some drunken gibberish, not a single word is spoken in the film. People are tightly wrapped in cold, and the raw landscape and their awareness of being completely cut off from any urban center evoke in them a kind of animality, something primal. In long shots, we follow the horizon and the destroyed—and at times wild-looking—faces of the protagonists, and we take part in a life that is heading no one knows where.
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