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Seven Invisible Men

Šarūnas Bartas
Septyni nematomi zmones
Lithuania, France, Portugal, Netherlands 2005 / 110’

Compared by critics to a western, associated with the works of Andrey Zvyagintsev, an atmospheric road movie in which Bartas, impressed by the visual character of the Crimean steppe, tells the story of the homecoming of a minor Moscow gangster. In addition to his characteristic handling of images, gestures, and protagonists’ faces, Bartas also adds some dialog. After committing a robbery, four thieves—three men and a girl—flee from justice. Traveling in a run-down Volga across the limitless space of Russia and eastern Ukraine, they pass impoverished settlements and stop at roadside bars, keeping their mutual distrust and annoyance to themselves. Finally, one of them takes the loot and runs. He arrives at a lonely little family house, where the inhabitants—his young wife and daughter—give him a cold reception. The remaining members of the gang are hot on his trail. During the course of a booze-up in the village, a fire breaks out, and the men start shooting at one another.

Agnieszka Szeffel

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
editing Niels Dekker
music Vytautas Leistrumas
cast Dimitri Podnozov, Saakanush Vanyan, Aleksandr Esaulov, Rita Klein, Denis Kirilov, Igor Cygankov, Oleg Četverikov
producer Šarūnas Bartas, Paulo Branco
production Studio Kinema, Gémini Films, Madragoa Filmes, Roaring Films
language Russian
colouration colour