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.
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