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Freedom

Šarūnas Bartas
Laisve
France, Portugal, Lithuania 2000 / 94’

Bartas’s first film shot outside Europe—perhaps the most enigmatic and accessible of all his works—is a minimalistic metaphor about the condition of modern human beings as outcast slaves trapped by their desires. Four refugees from Africa attempt to reach European shores, but their boat is shot upon by the coast guard. Following the death of their oldest member, whose body they leave on the beach, the other three—two men and a girl—move along the shore. Fleeing from soldiers tracking them, they silently wander through a desert in search of a solution and perhaps even the very meaning of their existence. In the end, they go their separate ways. In our memories remain images of distant human silhouettes stubbornly overcoming empty space that is just barely dabbled with color, and close-ups of the faces of the now-homeless protagonists devoid of any support. The film won an award in Venice for its manner of showing the relationship between human beings and nature.

Agnieszka Szeffel

awards

Venice IFF 2000 – CinemAvvenire Award (Best Film on the Relationship Man-Nature)

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 Šarūnas Bartas, Rimvydas Leipus
editing Mingailė Murmulaitienė
music Kipras Mašanauskas
cast Axel Neumann, Fatima Ennaflaoui, Valentinas Masalskis, Zahra Lahmicha, Habib el Kilali
producer Šarūnas Bartas, Paulo Branco
production Cultural Ministry, Eurimages, Gémini Films, Hubert Bals Fund, Kulturus Ir Sporto Remimo Fondas, Madragoa Filmes, Ministère de la Culture de la Republique Française, Studio Kinema
sales Studio Kinema
language French, Berber languages
colouration colour