Two young Lithuanians, Rokas and Inga, volunteer to travel from Lithuania to Ukraine with a humanitarian aid convoy. On the way, their plans change. Through Poland and western Ukraine, they enter the snows of the Donbas, where, driven by curiosity, they approach the front line to palpably sense the danger of war. Frost, which premiered in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at the Cannes Film Festival, is made up of elements that are well known to fans of Šarūnas Bartas's auteur cinema. This minimalistic road movie is based on dramatic asceticism, naturalistic, gray images and languid narration. The film's sparing emotional layer hides a powerful, universal eloquence about the completely unimaginable suffering and cruelty of war, the somber people caught up in it, and devastated, morose landscapes. Frost is a co-production that Poland also played a role in. In addition to Lithuanian actors, the supporting cast also included Vanessa Paradis and Andrzej Chyra.
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
2017 Szron / Frost