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Eastern Drift

Šarūnas Bartas
Eurazijos Aborigenas
France, Lithuania, Russia 2010 / 90’

Instead of allegory and minimalism, we get action, attractions, and dialogue. Wanting to reach a wider audience, the director decided to carry out an experiment thus far missing from his filmography. A lone wolf losing his patience in bad times, a fallen gangster betrayed by his friends and lovers—Bartas’s new hero, who is also played by the director, is a man uprooted, freely transgressing national borders and moral dictates. Raised from an early age in a world of crime, he has no illusions about this future and, like in classic films about redemption, decides to make a break with his nature and chew off his trapped limb. But he pays a high price for his attempt to find freedom. Moving between Paris, Vilnius, and Moscow in an effort to recover a debt that could ensure him a more peaceful future, he finds himself in a situation with no way out. Bartas teams up with two beautiful young actresses, Klavdiya Korshunova and Elisa Sednaoui, whom audiences will recognize from Davide Manuli’s The Legend of Kaspar Hauser.

Agnieszka Szeffel

awards

Lithuanian Film Awards 2010 – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress

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, Catherine Paillé
cinematography Šarūnas Bartas
editing Danielius Kokanauskis
music Alexander Zekke
cast Šarūnas Bartas, Klavdiya Korshunova, Erwan Ribard, Elisa Sednaoui
producer Grégoire Debailly
production Studio Kinema
sales Studio Kinema
language French, Lithuanian, Russian, Polish
colouration colour